Bharat Bandh Today: Violent protests are being witnessed in the country regarding the Agneepath scheme. In many states, miscreants created an orgy against the Agneepath scheme. In such a situation, a Bharat Bandh has been announced today in protest against the Agneepath scheme. Due to this high alert has been issued in all the states of the country. Heavy police force has been deployed at different places from the capital Delhi to Andhra Pradesh and from Bengal to Bihar. Not only this, there has been a huge jam on the roads leading to the capital Delhi.
On Saturday, the Home and Defence Ministries announced new 10% job quotas for 'Agnipath' recruits after their four-year service in the armed forces. PSUs under Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri's housing and petroleum ministries are also working on plans to induct 'Agniveers,' according to him.
In addition, the Home Ministry has decided to grant Agniveers a three-year age relaxation above the specified upper age restriction for enlistment into the Central Armed Police Forces and the Assam Rifles. Earlier, as a one-time gesture to appease the protesters, the Centre raised the upper age limit for recruitment to 23 years for the year 2022.
Since Wednesday, protests have erupted in numerous states against the Centre's Agnipath scheme, which involves the enlistment of troops aged 17.5 to 21 into the armed services for a four-year period, followed by involuntary retirement for the majority of them without gratuity or pension benefits.