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‘Agnipath’: 3 Service Chiefs Arrive At PM Modi’s Residence For Meeting

New Delhi:

Chiefs of the three Indian army companies arrived at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on Tuesday night amid an ongoing controversy over the Agnipath recruitment scheme for the armed forces.

General Manoj Pande of the Indian Army, Admiral Hari Kumar of the Navy, and Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari have over the previous week issued statements to allay anxieties of protesting aspirants.

PM Modi, too, whereas not expressly naming the scheme, has mentioned, “Several decisions look unfair at present. In time, those decisions will help in nation-building.” He has additionally mentioned that it’s India’s “misfortune” that “many good things brought with good intentions get trapped in political colours”.

The authorities continued defending the scheme on Tuesday, deploying National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, who in an interview to information company ANI dominated out any chance of a rollback, regardless of protests. The scheme is for recruiting ‘Agniveer’ troopers on four-year contracts with out pension, of whom as much as 25 per cent could also be given common fee of 15 years thereafter. 

Announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh within the presence of the three service chiefs on June 14, it gives for recruitment of women and men within the age bracket of 17-and-a-half to 21. The Centre later prolonged the age restrict to 23 years for recruitment this yr as there was no recruitment for the previous two years as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The plan is to rent round 45,000 troopers this yr throughout the three companies. The Indian Army has already issued a notification saying registration will start subsequent month.

NSA Doval argued, “We are going toward contactless wars. Technology is taking over… If we have to prepare for tomorrow, then we cannot do things like we did in the past. India has among the youngest populations in the world, so our armed forces cannot continue to have an average age that is among the highest in the world.” 

Speaking in regards to the way forward for Agniveers let go after 4 years, he asserted that the age of “settling down” is round 25-26 now. “People are speaking of one life-two careers, even three careers now. When recruits from the first batch of Agniveers retire, India will be 5-trillion-dollar economy; industry will need people who have age on their side. These men and women will still be young and won’t have family compulsions.”

The NSA mentioned it was “injustice” when the soldier was earlier launched solely after 15 years. “At that time, the soldier could go back to the village, till the land and live on pension. Now the scenario has changed.”

He reacted to current statements that Agniveers might be good plumbers and guards after 4 years. “We are talking about 22-23-year-olds with army service; compare them with anyone else their age — these Agniveers will have discipline, skills, and will be highly trainable… No avenue is debarred for them. They will have Rs 11 lakh, with which they can even study further.” He cited reservations in different authorities companies, together with police forces, introduced thus far.

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