Ministry of Home Affairs extends privileges for 'Agniveers' amid Anti-Agnipath agitation

New Delhi:

In a series of changes in the newly introduced Army recruitment scheme called ‘Agnipath’, the Ministry of Home Affairs (HMO) on Saturday decided to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to ‘Agniveers’ for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles.

Taking on Twitter, HMO said, “The MHA also decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs and  Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”

Also after facing backlash over the job insecurity for the ‘Agniveers’ with the new scheme, the ministry said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10 per cent vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers.”

A day earlier, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that the government, on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has increased the age limit for the recruitment of Agniveers from 21 years to 23 years for the recruitment cycle of 2022.

“The relaxation of age indicates that the Government cares for our youth. Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Services are committed to commence the recruitment process at the earliest. We invite the youth to join the Armed Forces and serve the Nation through AGNIPATH,” said the Defence Minister.

In the latest, the Anti-Agnipath protests turned even more violent on Saturday as the demonstrators set trucks and vehicles on fire and pelt stones on the roads in Bihar’s Jehanabad. It should be noted that the act has been done amid the ‘Bihar Bandh’ called by student’s organisation on Saturday.   

The announcement of the new recruitment policy sparked a row in the nation as a number of violent protests are being reported. In opposition to ‘Agnipath Yojana’, youth aspirants, in many parts of the country, torched the trains standing on the railway tracks leaving passengers stranded and in trouble.

As many as 340 train services were affected on Friday due to youth’s agitation. 

Aspirants across the nation have been demanding the Centre of rolling back its recruitment policy. 


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