The opposition to the new scheme 'Agnipath' scheme of recruitment in the Central Government's army is increasing continuously. On Thursday, there was a lot of uproar in UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand regarding this scheme. Protesters in Bihar set a train bogie on fire while violence erupted in Haryana's Palwal.
Meanwhile, some states have made important announcements for Agniveers. The Chief Ministers of many states have announced to give priority to Agniveers in government jobs in their respective states.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Indian Army is the pride of the country and pride of the countrymen. Indian Army jawans are our heroes, role models. He said that the jawans who would have served in the Agneepath scheme would be given priority in the recruitment of Madhya Pradesh Police.
The Chief Ministers of several states of the Northeast have lauded the central government for starting the Agneepath scheme to recruit youth into the armed forces. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Manipur CM N. Biren Singh announced that 'Agniveer' would be given special preference in state police jobs after serving the forces for four years.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday announced that the Uttar Pradesh government would give priority to 'agniveers' for recruitment in police and related services. Adityanath tweeted, 'After the service of Mother Bharti, the UP government will give priority to Agniveers in the state police and other related services. The double engine government of BJP is continuously dedicated and fully committed for the up-gradation of youth and their secure future. Jai Hind!'
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami also said that Agniveers will get priority in state police recruitment. CM Dhami said that Agniveers would be given priority in Uttarakhand Police and related services after four years of service.