NEW DELHI: The Centre declared a 10% reservation for ‘Agniveers’ in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles on Saturday, amid widespread demonstrations against the Agnipath new military recruitment plan.
The decision by the Union home ministry came as violent protests against the new system erupted across the country.
In the midst of ongoing demonstrations over the project, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hosted a high-level meeting with service commanders at his residence in Delhi.
Here are some additional noteworthy developments in the story:
Amit Shah proposes a 10% quota and an age relaxation for Agniveers.
On Saturday, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) announced a 10% quota for Agniveers in the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles, as well as a modification of the upper age limit.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10% of openings for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers,” home minister Amit Shah tweeted. “In addition, the MHA has decided to grant Agniveers a three-year age relaxation above the specified upper age limit for recruitment into the CAPFs and Assam Rifles.”
Furthermore, the age relaxation for the first batch of Agniveer will be for 5 years beyond the statutory maximum age restriction,” says minister Shah.
Following extensive deliberations, the scheme was launched: Rajnath
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh convened a meeting with service commanders at his residence in Delhi on Saturday as protests against the Centre’s new scheme became louder.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Vice Chief of Army Staff Gen B S Raju were present at the meeting.
Army Chief of Staff Gen Manoj Pande was unable to attend the conference due to a business trip to Hyderabad.
The Army, Navy, and Air Force stated on Friday that they will begin the new model’s enlistment procedure next week.
According to Rajnath, the new programme was implemented after extensive consultations, including with ex-servicemen, and that a “misconception” is being promoted for political motives.
He went on to say that the concept was implemented after two years of debate and that it will revolutionise the troop enlistment procedure.
A plea at the Supreme Court asks for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the violence.
In the Supreme Court, a petition has been filed to establish a Special Investigation Team to look into the violent protests against the Centre’s new policy.
In addition, the petition asks for information about the damage done to public property, such as railways.
Secunderabad, which has been plagued by violence, is being guarded closely.
On Saturday, a senior official of the South Central Railway announced that train services at Secunderabad railway station in Hyderabad had resumed.
The news came just one day after fire and violence at the station claimed the life of a protester seeking to join the military.
Trains departing from the station were halted or partially halted, however they resumed later in the evening.
The authorities stated on Saturday that eight more trains, including six from different locations in West Bengal and two from cities in Bihar, were cancelled today due to the ongoing protest.
Bihar has deployed security at key locations.
On Saturday, Bihar was rocked by violent anti-Agnipath rallies for the fourth day in a row, with agitators torching vehicles parked on the grounds of a police outpost in Jehanabad district, officials claimed.
Rahul Gandhi, a Congress leader, took a shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that just as he had to remove the farm legislation, he will have to accept the youth’s demand and scrap the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme.
“I had indicated earlier also that the prime minister will have to repeal the black farm laws,” Rahul Gandhi said in a Hindi tweet.
Similarly, he will have to accept the demand of the country’s youth by becoming a “maafiveer” and take back the ‘Agnipath’ scheme,” he said