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Agnipath Protest Highlights: Three service chiefs brief PM Modi on Agnipath scheme

Agnipath protests, Bharat Bandh Highlights, June 21: Retired Agniveers to get guaranteed jobs in Haryana govt, says CM Khattar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 22, 2022 8:31:06 am
Agnipath Protest, Agnipath Scheme, Agnipath Protest Live UpdatePeople block Jalandhar-Delhi National Highway to protest against Centre's 'Agnipath' scheme, in Jalandhar, Saturday. (PTI)

Agnipath protests, Bharat Bandh Highlights: The three service chiefs separately met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and briefed him about their plan to implement the Agnipath scheme and related issues against the backdrop of the ongoing protests against the new policy for military recruitment.

At a tri-service press conference on Tuesday, Lt General Anil Puri said that the Agnipath is a well-thought off, and well-research scheme that has been implemented keeping in mind India’s unique demographic. Puri said that the reforms now seen in the scheme should have been implemented in the 1990s itself. Puri also assured that there will be no change in the recruitment process of any of the forces.

In other news, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said the Agnipath scheme, which has triggered countrywide protests, said the Agnipath scheme is not a stand-alone scheme in itself. “Agnipath isn’t a stand-alone scheme in itself. There’s a need to look at it with a perspective. When PM Modi came to power in 2014, one of his prime priorities was how to make India secure and strong. That required many avenues, many steps – multitude of them,” he said in an interview with ANI. Doval went on to say, ‘Security is a dynamic concept. It cannot remain static, it is only in relation with the environment in which we have to protect our national interest and national assets.’

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Agnipath scheme protests Highlights: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the state would give “guaranteed employment” to Agniveers once they are relieved from the defence forces after four years; Follow this space for latest updates

21:12 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Three service chiefs brief PM on Agnipath scheme

The three service chiefs separately met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and briefed him about their plan to implement the Agnipath scheme and related issues against the backdrop of the ongoing protests against the new policy for military recruitment.

The scheme announced on June 14 seeks to recruit youngsters in the age bracket of 17-and-a-half to 21 years for a four-year period, with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. For 2022, the upper-age limit has been extended to 23 years.

It is learnt that Army chief General Manoj Pande, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar apprised Modi of the overall induction process and the steps being taken by them for a successful rollout of the scheme.

19:41 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agnipath row: Varanasi authorities will ask protesters to pay for damage to public property

The administration here is in the process of identifying those involved in the violent protests over the Agnipath military recruitment scheme and will recover from them the loss caused by damage to public property, an official said on Tuesday. District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said 36 buses were damaged and a loss of Rs 12.97 lakh was incurred in the protests on June 17.

He said 27 people have so far been held in this connection, adding that more people have been identified for their alleged role in the stir. "The authorities will recover from them the loss caused by damage to public property during the protest," the official said.

17:50 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Industrial leaders should first employ retired soldiers: Akhilesh on support to Agnipath scheme

A day after several industrial leaders backed the Centre's Agnipath scheme, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday asked them to first employ retired defence personnel to win the confidence of the youth protesting the government's initiative. The leader of the opposition in the UP Assembly said they will be send the supporters of the scheme a list of retired soldiers for employment.

17:08 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agnipath and after: BJP, JD(U) thrust and parry but won’t draw blood as yet

As the violent protests over the Agnipath scheme subside, allies JD(U) and BJP are circling around each other as they weigh the way forward. While the protests and open attacks have further strained ties between the two, neither looks ready to snap the same just yet. In fact, a message has gone out from the BJP high command to state unit leaders to hold their peace even under provocation from the other side.

In the aftermath of the protests, which also saw attacks on houses of BJP leaders, the BJP accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of deliberately letting the violence spread, so as to add to the pressure on the Centre over the scheme. Bihar leaders even “warned” Nitish Kumar of Central forces taking over law and order if the situation was not controlled. A party leader said: “In the 38 districts where the agitation happened, not a single lathicharge was seen. Obviously, the CM supported the agitation. It was a free-for-all. The party made it clear that we will not tolerate it.” (Read more here) 

15:31 (IST)21 Jun 2022
No change in recruitment process of any forces: MoD

Lt General Anil Puri at a tri-service press conference Tuesday gave assurance that there is, and will be no change in the recruitment process of all the three defence forces.

15:23 (IST)21 Jun 2022
These reforms should have been implement in 1990s: MoD on Agnipath scheme

Lt General Anil Puri in a press conference on Tuesday said that these reforms, that are now seen in the Agnipath scheme should have been implemented in the 1990s itself. 

15:21 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agnipath is well researched scheme, says Lt Gen Anil Puri 

Lt General Anil Puri in a press conference on Tuesday said that the Agnipath scheme was well thought and well reserached scheme that has been made keeping in mind India's unique demographic.

15:20 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Tri-services media briefing underway on Agnipath scheme

Amid backlash and protests against the Agnipath scheme, a tri-service press conference, headed by the Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs is underway.

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14:35 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agniveers will never constitute whole army: NSA Ajit Doval

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said Agniveers, who will be recruited through the Agnipath scheme, will never constitute the whole army.

"Those Agniveers who become regulars eventually will undergo intensive training, acquire experience over a period of time," Doval said.

"As far as regiments are concerned, two things need to be understood. Nobody is tinkering with the concept of regiments...They (regiments) will continue...The regimental system has not ended," he said.

When asked about alleged involvement of some coaching centers in violence over Agnipath scheme, Doval said, "The FIRs lodged, accused identified, after due probe we can say who were the forces behind it. An investigation must be done and thoroughly so."

14:25 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agnipath not a stand-alone scheme: NSA Ajit Doval

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said the Agnipath scheme, which has triggered countrywide protests, said the Agnipath scheme is not a stand-alone scheme in itself.

"Agnipath isn't a stand-alone scheme in itself. There's a need to look at it with a perspective. When PM Modi came to power in 2014, one of his prime priorities was how to make India secure and strong. That required many avenues, many steps - multitude of them," he said in an interview with ANI.

Doval went on to say, 'Security is a dynamic concept. It cannot remain static, it is only in relation with the environment in which we have to protect our national interest and national assets.'

13:19 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Reliance Industries lends support to Agnipath scheme, to hire Agniveers

Reliance Industries (RIL) extended support to the Agnipath scheme announced for recruitment into Army, Navy and Air Force. The company said in a tweet that the scheme is a “path breaking initiative for the youth to get valuable opportunity to serve the nation while imbibing skills, discipline and more.” 

13:03 (IST)21 Jun 2022
UP govt says will recover damages from protesters

Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday said the state government will recover damages for the destruction caused to public and private properties by the protesters during the violent protest against the Centre’s new military recruitment scheme – Agnipath.

During the protests in 14 districts since Friday after the Centre unveiled the new recruitment scheme, youth protesters damaged trains, buses and vehicles and set them on fire at several places. Several private and government properties were also damaged in stone-pelting, police said. Police have so far registered 49 FIRs, and arrested 525 people, with 145 booked for breach of peace. Read more

12:52 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Pleas against Agnipath scheme: Centre files caveat in SC

The Centre has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court and urged that it be heard before the court passes any order on petitions against the Agnipath scheme.

A fresh petition was filed in the apex court on Monday, seeking a direction to the Centre for reconsideration of the Agnipath scheme. The plea, filed by Harsh Ajay Singh who is an advocate, has sought a direction for the constitution of a committee for providing inputs to the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and also to invite suggestions, including from retired Army officers, for amendments to the scheme for providing job opportunities to 75 per cent Agniveers, post retirement. (PTI)

12:50 (IST)21 Jun 2022
30 arrested in Bihar's Bettiah for vandalism during Agnipath protests

Bettiah Police arrested 30 miscreants and is tracing those who are absconding in relation to vandalism at the residences of Deputy CM Renu Devi and BJP state chief Sanjay Jaiswal amid protests against the Agnipath scheme on June 17. (ANI)

12:45 (IST)21 Jun 2022
IAF to begin recruitment under Agnipath scheme from June 24

Registration for Agnipath Recruitment Scheme will begin on 24 June and end on 5 July, a release by the Indian Air Force said. More details on careerindianairforce.cdac.in

12:29 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Will help 10 Agniveers at a personal level, says Hardik; Meghwal, Paatil support scheme

Even as protests continue over the Agnipath scheme, BJP leader Hardik Patel and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Arjun Meghwal came out in support of the scheme on Monday.

In an appeal to the Patidar community, Hardik issued a statement, promising that he will aid 10 Agniveers from the first batch at a personal level, to ensure their employment or any assistance that may be required for entrepreneurship.

“The Patidar community has always been a leader in the nation’s service. The Agnipath scheme announced by the Government of India for direct recruitment to army is exciting for the youth and instils patriotism…,” the statement said. Read more

12:26 (IST)21 Jun 2022
CJI to decide listing of PIL on 'Agnipath': SC bench to petitioner

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the plea for an SIT probe into the damage to public properties during the protests against 'Agnipath' will be listed for hearing after the Chief Justice of India takes a decision in this regard.

Advocate Vishal Tiwari urged a vacation bench of Justices C T Ravikumar and Sudhanshu Dhulia to list the plea for an urgent hearing.

Referring to the practice of listing cases during vacation, the bench said, "This matter will be placed before the CJI. The CJI will take a call." The Public Interest Litigation also sought directions to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan governments to submit a status report on the violent protests. (PTI)

12:21 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Tri-service press conference to be held at 3 pm

A tri-service press conference, headed by the Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday, ANI reported.

The update comes after PTI reported that the three service chiefs are likely to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately on Tuesday to brief him about the Agnipath scheme as well as their plan for its implementation.

11:25 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Agnipath protests: Southern Railway stops issuing platform tickets in Chennai division

The Southern Railway barred the sale of platform tickets in Chennai until further notice amid nationwide protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme for recruitment to the armed forces.

Unlike the protests in neighbouring states, Tamil Nadu did not witness any massive agitation against the new soldier recruitment scheme apart from a few gatherings near the war memorial a couple of days ago. The move by the railways is seen more as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

“In view of the proposed Bharat Bandh and to safeguard the safety and security of passengers, the issue of platform tickets is restricted at all railway stations in Chennai division of Southern Railway, until further orders,” a release from the Chennai division said Monday. The Southern Railway further also requested passengers and the general public to co-operate with them in protecting railway property.

10:44 (IST)21 Jun 2022
Samyukta Kisan Morcha calls for nationwide stir against Agnipath scheme on June 24

Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has declared its support to the nationwide protest of youth against the new Agnipath scheme of recruitment in the armed forces.

Appealing to keep the protests peaceful, the SKM has termed the scheme as “anti-military, anti-farmer and anti-national”.

In a statement Monday, the SKM said: “When the central government is bent upon destroying the spirit of the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, it is the duty of the farmers’ movement to stand shoulder to shoulder with the jawans in this struggle. Accordingly, SKM will observe protest day across the country on June 24.” Read more

Security personnel outside Patna railway station after several trains were cancelled due to protests against Centre's 'Agnipath' scheme, in Patna, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (PTI)

Behind Agnipath scheme protest: Temporary stint, no pension or health benefit

The Agnipath scheme provides for recruitment of youths between the age bracket of 17-and-half years to 21 for only four years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. Days later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment in 2022. The personnel to be recruited under the new scheme will be known as 'Agniveers'.

What is the Agnipath scheme?

Under the new scheme, around 45,000 to 50,000 soldiers will be recruited annually, and most will leave the service in just four years. Of the total annual recruits, only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for another 15 years under permanent commission. The move will make the permanent force levels much leaner for the over 13-lakh strong armed forces in the country. This will, in turn, considerably reduce the defence pension bill, which has been a major concern for governments for many years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said decisions and reforms may be unpleasant temporarily but with time the country would experience their benefits. Modi has maintained silence on the violent protests. While speaking at an event, he said, "It is our country's misfortune that many good things brought with good intentions get trapped in political colours. Media also gets dragged into it due to its TRP compulsions." Highlighting the achievement of the "double-engine" government and the pace of development under it, he today sought the blessings of the people of the State for it, calling it "the biggest strength".

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