Protests have erupted across the country in response to the Agnipath scheme for army recruitment. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet today with the heads of the three services. The Agneepath scheme will reportedly be discussed at this meeting. PM Modi will discuss this with the Chiefs of the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy. Protests against the Agnipath scheme are taking place in many states across the country. Despite widespread opposition to the Agneepath plan, the three army chiefs stated on Sunday that it will not be scrapped. First, army officers informed the country's youth about the scheme, then warned them, and finally announced it.
It should be noted that the Agneepath scheme was launched just last week. On June 14, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled the Agneepath scheme in the presence of the chiefs of the three services, saying it is a transformative initiative that will give the armed forces a youth profile. On June 14, the Union Cabinet also approved this scheme. The jawans chosen under this scheme will be known as Agniveers.
However, protests against it began the very next day. At the same time, the Central Government has announced several support measures in recent days to assuage youth concerns about this new recruitment scheme in the Armed Forces. In addition to the benefits of the scheme, the government has stated repeatedly that it is a transformational reform in the armed forces' recruitment policy and provides a unique opportunity for the youth to serve the country and contribute to nation building.
Meanwhile, the army has issued a recruitment notice under the Agneepath scheme. It is mandatory for candidates to register online on the Army Recruitment website for this. This registration will begin in July. Except for the technical cadre of the medical branch, the Army says that recruitment of soldiers in the regular cadre will be limited to those who have served four years as Agniveers.