Railway operations seem to be back on track after at least five days of violent protests over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme.
Railway operations seem to be back on track after at least five days of violent protests over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme. Less than 300 trains were canceled on Tuesday. On an average, about 400 trains were being canceled daily since the violent protests after the plan was announced, as protesters torched coaches and damaged railway property. On Tuesday, the Railways canceled 270 trains, including 103 mail/express trains and 167 passenger trains. It has also partially canceled three Mail/Express trains.
The Railways said on Monday that it has canceled over 600 trains due to the protests. It canceled 483 trains on Sunday and 369 on Saturday. It is noteworthy that the government had on June 14 announced the ‘Agneepath’ scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the three services, making radical changes in the decades-old defense recruitment process. Under this, youth in the age group of 17 and a half years to 21 years will be recruited on contract basis for a short period of four years. Of these, 25 per cent will be kept in service for 15 more years. Others will be retired without gratuity and pension benefits.
Since then, violent demonstrations have been taking place across the country. The Railway Ministry is yet to estimate the damage caused to it, while a spokesman for the worst-hit region East Central Railway said in a statement that more than 60 coaches and 10 locomotives were damaged in this area alone.
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