In the midst of nationwide protests against the Agneepath scheme, the chiefs of the three services met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the steps being taken to expedite the recruitment process of Agniveers. No information has been shared officially regarding the discussions of the Prime Minister's meeting with the chiefs of the three services. However, it is believed that in this, the three armies apprised the PM about all the aspects related to the training of the first batch, from the issuance of the notification for the appointment of Agniveers.
There was a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Chief of Navy Admiral R Hari Kumar and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary. The Army Chiefs also briefed the Prime Minister about the issues related to the ongoing protests against the new recruitment scheme. Army Chief General Manoj Pandey, Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary and Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar apprised Modi about the overall recruitment process and steps being taken by them for successful implementation of the scheme. There has been no official statement regarding the meetings.
According to the notification issued by the Army, the online registration of applicants will start from next month.The Army said that Agniveer will form a separate rank in the Indian Army, which will be different from any other existing rank.They will also be barred from disclosing information received during their four-year service period.Under the Agneepath scheme, a total of 83 Army recruitment drives will be conducted across India in August, September and October.
Addressing the media, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, Lt Gen Anil Puri said youth involved in arson and violence would not be able to join the three services as police verification process would be done before enrolling anyone. The Army said that 'Agnivar' will form a separate rank in the Indian Army, which will be different from any other existing rank.The Army said, "Soldiers employed through the Agniveer scheme will have to undergo periodic medical check-ups and physical and written tests.