The central government has stepped up efforts to quell the nationwide outrage over the new army recruitment scheme dubbed 'Agnipath.' In light of this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with Army Chiefs today in Delhi. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary, Chief of the Navy Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Chief of Army Staff General BS Raju all attended the meeting.
#WATCH | Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to hold a meeting with the service chiefs in Delhi. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari arrive at the Defence Minister's residence. pic.twitter.com/pakZMCHtmv— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2022
According to the information, the meeting's main goal was to ensure the early implementation of the 'Agneepath' plan and to find ways to appease the agitators. Army Chief General Manoj Pandey was unable to attend the meeting because he was in Hyderabad on official business.
Meanwhile, the Defense Minister has announced a 10% reservation for Agnives in Indian Coast Guard and Civil Defense posts, as well as all 16 defence public sector undertakings. This reservation will be in addition to the existing ex-servicemen reservation.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh defended the new military recruitment model on Saturday, saying it was developed after extensive consultations with ex-servicemen. He claimed that anti-scheme propaganda is being spread for political reasons.
Let us inform you that the Ministry of Home Affairs has announced today that 10% of the vacancies in CAPFs and Assam Rifles will be reserved for Agniveers who have completed 4 years under the Agneepath scheme. Aside from that, it has been decided to grant Agniveers three years of age relaxation for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles, and five years for the first batch of Agneepath scheme.