Union Minister and former army chief VK Singh clarified his stance on the Agnipath scheme on Sunday amid the uproar over the center’s Agnipath scheme across the country. The protesters also strongly reprimanded the recent violence that occurred after the plan was announced. He said that there was no compulsion in the scheme of the foreigners. This is a voluntary scheme, not coercion.
VK Singh in Nagpur said I believe that if someone comes after serving in the army for 4 years, he is capable and does not need any support. The military is not a vehicle for employment. This is not a store or company. Whoever joins the army goes there voluntarily.
He reprimanded the instigators of the violence and highlighted the age group’s eligibility for the scheme, saying that no coercion was imposed on anyone by the armed forces.
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The minister said that whoever should come, if you don’t like it, don’t come. Who tells you to come, you burn buses, you burn trains…Someone told you we’ll take you to the army.
Significantly, the central government on June 14 approved a recruitment scheme called Agneepath for young Indians to serve in the three services of the armed forces and the youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers.
This scheme was named Agneepath and the young people selected under this scheme would be known as Agniefer. Agneepath will give young people of patriotic motivation the opportunity to serve in the armed forces for a period of four years. The Agneepath scheme is designed to empower the youth profile of the Armed Forces.
According to the ministry’s new announcement, the age limit for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) – Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Security Guard (NSG) and Special Protection Group (SPG) at 26 years old. Meanwhile, the first batch of Agniveers will get a further 5 years of relaxation from the maximum age of 23, going up to 28.