Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the three service chiefs on Sunday, amid rising demonstrations throughout the country over the ‘Agnipath’ military recruiting plan. Singh was meeting with the Army, Navy, and Air Force leaders for the second day in a row on the problem.

There was no formal reaction to the meeting.

According to reports, the aim of the discussions was to appease the demonstrators.
As demonstrations grew in several regions of the nation, the defence minister accepted a proposal on Saturday to reserve 10% of the employment in various ministries for recruits under the ‘Agnipath’ plan who match the eligibility requirements.

The Home Ministry also approved 10% reserves for ‘Agnives’ in the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles when they complete their four-year term under the new recruitment process.

The Indian Air Force released information on the new system on Sunday. The Indian Navy and Army are anticipated to provide comparable information soon.

According to senior military sources, the three services want to deploy the first batches of trainees under the new system in both operational and non-operational positions by June of next year.

In an effort to appease the demonstrators, the administration raised the maximum age restriction for recruitment under the ‘Agnipath’ plan to 23 years from 21 for the year 2022 on Thursday night.

The government announced the programme on Tuesday, saying that adolescents between the ages of 17 and a half and 21 will be enrolled for a four-year term, with 25% of them subsequently admitted for regular duty.

The kids who will be recruited under the new initiative will be known as ‘Agniveers.’ The scheme’s primary goal is to reduce the average age of military members while also reducing increasing wage and pension expenses.

The new initiative was announced against the backdrop of military recruitments being halted for nearly two years due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Every year, the Army recruits between 50,000 and 60,000 men. However, owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, recruiting could not take place for the previous two years.

The government announced the programme on Tuesday, saying that adolescents between the ages of 17 and a half and 21 will be enrolled for a four-year term, with 25% of them subsequently admitted for regular duty.

The kids who will be recruited under the new initiative will be known as ‘Agniveers.’ The scheme’s primary goal is to reduce the average age of military members while also reducing increasing wage and pension expenses.

The new initiative was announced against the backdrop of military recruitments being halted for nearly two years due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Every year, the Army recruits between 50,000 and 60,000 men. However, owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, recruiting could not take place for the previous two years.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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