June 27, 2022


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agnipath: In case you do not like ‘Agnipath’ scheme do not be part of armed forces, no compulsion: V Ok Singh slams protesters

Amid violence over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, Union minister and former Military chief Common V Ok Singh (retd) on Sunday slammed the protesters saying if they do not like the brand new coverage for recruitment into the armed forces they should not go for it.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an occasion in Maharashtra’s Nagpur metropolis, Singh mentioned the Indian Military would not conscript troopers and that aspirants can be part of of their very own volition.

“Becoming a member of the Military is voluntary and never a compulsion. If any aspirant needs to hitch, he can be part of as per his will, we do not conscript troopers. However when you do not like this recruitment scheme (‘Agnipath’) then do not come to (be part of). Who’s asking you to return? You might be burning buses and trains. Who instructed you that you’ll be recruited into the armed forces. You may be chosen provided that you fulfil the eligibility standards,” he mentioned.

He additionally hit out on the Congress over occasion chief Priyanka Gandhi’s assertion towards the Agnipath scheme and alleged that the grand outdated occasion is discovering fault with even one of the best work of the Modi authorities as it’s upset with Rahul Gandhi’s questioning by the ED.

Replying to a query over Priyanka Gandhi’s assertion made earlier within the day in Delhi that the Agnipath scheme will destroy the youth in addition to the military, Singh mentioned, “Congress is upset as a result of Rahul Gandhi is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Therefore, the occasion finds fault with even one of the best of one of the best work of the federal government.”

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“The Opposition, significantly the Congress, is making an attempt to mislead the children. The one work that the Opposition is left with is to criticise and cease any authorities schemes. They need to create unrest within the nation to defame the federal government,” he mentioned.

The Agnipath scheme, introduced on June 14, gives for the recruitment of youths within the age bracket of 17-and-half to 21 years for less than 4 years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 extra years. Later, the federal government prolonged the higher age restrict to 23 years for recruitment in 2022.

Nonetheless, large protests have erupted in lots of states, together with Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with youths taking to the streets to specific their dissatisfaction with the scheme.

Anybody concerned in protests, arson and vandalism towards the Agnipath scheme wouldn’t be allowed to hitch the three companies beneath the brand new recruitment mannequin, a senior navy official had mentioned on Sunday.

No roleback of Agnipath scheme, candidates should pledge they did not take part in vandalism: Lt Gen Anil Puri

Agnipath scheme: Tri-services press briefing on Agnipath scheme.”Self-discipline is the essential ingredient of Indian forces. Agnipath candidates should pledge they didn’t take part in arson, vandalism”, says Lt Gen Anil Puri

Singh mentioned the idea of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme was conceived when the Kargil Committee was shaped after the 1999 struggle.

“The first concept was {that a} soldier can be part of the armed forces for a brief interval….which is able to resolve two issues,” he mentioned in an obvious reference to the demand for obligatory navy coaching in India and sustaining the younger age profile of the armed forces.

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Singh mentioned the demand for obligatory navy coaching for the youth and different residents of India had been made for the final 30 to 40 years.

“Prior to now, it was mentioned that the coaching could be imparted via the

however the demand for navy coaching was at all times there,” he added.

Singh mentioned the short-period recruitment scheme was considered whereby the service interval might be for 4 years and performers might be retained. In addition to, the remaining 75 per cent of retirees can be adjusted in employment at varied locations.

He mentioned the Military is neither an employment company nor an organization or a store.

Individuals be part of the Military out of their curiosity to serve the nation, he added.

When requested if the discontent over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme will discourage aspirants from turning up at recruitment rallies to hitch the armed forces, the previous Common mentioned the federal government relaxed the entry age restrict to 23 years (for one time) as a result of the recruitment to the armed forces remained stalled because of the pandemic for 2 years.

“If an individual had missed out on earlier recruitment alternatives he’s nonetheless eligible to use. This can be a voluntary scheme and anybody who matches the factors can apply,” he added.