Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of farmer unions, has declared its support to the countrywide protest of youth against the new Agnipath scheme of recruitment in the armed forces.
“When the central government is bent upon destroying the spirit of the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, it is the duty of the farmers’ movement to stand shoulder to shoulder with the jawans in this struggle. Accordingly, SKM will observe protest day across the country on June 24,” read the statement by SKM.
This decision was taken by the 7-member coordination committee of Samyukta Kisan Morcha in its meeting held in Karnal (Haryana) Monday.
The SKM has referred to the initiative as anti-military, anti-farmer, and anti-national and urged the people to protest against it peacefully.
Describing the scheme as “playing with the future of the country”, SKM said that “it is not only playing with the national security and dreams of unemployed youth, but also with the farmer families of the country.”