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.’