Mamata criticises the federal government for requesting that states hire Agnivesers after they have completed their duty, asking, “Why give BJP workers jobs?”

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Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, claimed on Tuesday that the federal government had written to state governments urging them to hire Agnives once they leave the force after four years. Banerjee questioned the need for states to hire “BJP workers” and declared that she would give preference to young people from her state.

Speaking to the media, Banerjee said, “I received a letter (from the Centre) which stated that once they (Agniveers) complete their four years… grab our data bank… provide them positions in the state government.”

“Why should we provide jobs for BJP members? Giving jobs is not a problem for us. We will hire a young person from our state if the position is located in our state. After four years of employment, you turn it over to the states. We will give them top priority since there are plenty of young people in our state who need jobs, Banerjee continued.

The policy, according to Banerjee, will only be in effect through the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

After it was unveiled, the Agnipath initiative sparked days of violent protests across the nation, with contestants in numerous states agitating against it. Concerns concerning the Center’s Agnipath programme for armed forces recruiting were also voiced by the opposition.

On the other side, a number of BJP states, such as Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have declared positions for Agnives following service.