New Delhi: As the violent protests continue to ravage the country, the central government has announced a quota and age relaxation in the central ministries for those who opt for the new ‘Agnipath’ scheme. The announcement came at a time when country is witnessing large scale violent protests in several states. The aspirants are protesting aggressively against the contentious scheme by burning trains and damaging houses of BJP leaders in Bihar.
The Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs have also announced that ‘Agniveers’ will be absorbed in these two ministries after their retirement from Army. Meanwhile, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports also thinking of doing something for ‘Agniveers’.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also claimed that PSUs under the housing and petroleum ministries searching for ways to hire ‘Agniveers’ after their retirement from services.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that ‘Agniveers’ will be absorbed into the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles at the end of their four-year term in the army.
It has also announced three years of age relaxation, beyond the upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles. For the first batch of Agniveers, age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the upper age limit.
As per the latest announcement by the ministry, the upper age limit for the CAPFs – inclusive of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Security Guard (NSG) and Special Protection Group (SPG) – will stand at 26 years.
Meanwhile, the first batch of Agniveers will avail a further relaxation of 5 years beyond the upper age limit of 23, taking it to 28 years.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made an announcement that 10 per cent of the job vacancies in the MoD will be reserved for ‘Agniveers’ meeting requisite eligibility criteria.
“The 10 per cent reservation will be implemented in the Indian Coast Guard and defence civilian posts, and all the 16 Defence Public Sector Undertakings. This reservation would be in addition to an existing reservation for ex-servicemen,” the office of the Defence Minister said.
first published:June 18, 2022, 9:24 p.m.