Agnipath scheme will not be withdrawn : Assertion by Armed forces

Police verification of every candidate before recruitment !

 Lt. General Anil Puri

New Delhi – The ‘Agnipath’ scheme introduced by the Indian Defence Ministry for all three armed forces has been facing violent opposition in many States all over the country. In this background, a press conference was held on behalf of all three armed forces, and it was clarified that the scheme would not be withdrawn. It was also explained that there would be police verification of the candidates interested in joining under this scheme, before recruitment to check their records so that nobody with criminal background would get entry into the armed forces.

1. Lt. General Anil Puri said that the people running coaching institutes instigated the students to oppose the Agnipath scheme. ‘Agniveer’ (Those recruited through the ‘Agnipath’ scheme are going to be called ‘Agniveer’) will have to give an undertaking that he has never participated in any demonstrations, arson, or vandalising. Such violence against the scheme was never expected. There is no place for indiscipline in the armed forces.

2. It was explained by the Indian Naval Force that the first batch of Agniveer (Naval) would reach the ‘INS Chilka’ training institute in Odisha on 21st November. Men and women, both will be allowed to join. Presently, there are 30 women officers on various ships of the Indian navy. It has been decided to recruit even women under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, and they too will be deployed on warships.

  3. Lt. General Puri said that in the next 4-5 years, the number of ‘Agniveer’ will reach 50,000 to 60,000, and later, it will increase up to 90,000 to 1 lakh. We will start analysing this scheme and increase the capacity of basic amenities after the recruitment of 46,000 ‘Agniveers’.

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