'Recruitments to take place through Agnipath scheme only, no question of rollback’: Defence Ministry amid violent stir

'Recruitments to take place through Agnipath scheme only, no question of rollback’: Defence Ministry amid violent stir

The recruitment to the Indian Army will be through the Agnipath scheme

Amid violent agitation over concern and confusion on service assurances, the Ministry of Defence on Sunday clarified that the “Agniveers” would get the same allowance in areas like Siachen and other areas that are applicable to the regular soldiers serving at present and a compensation of Rs 1 crore will also be disbursed if the personnel is martyred. However, henceforth the recruitment to the Indian Army will be through the Agnipath scheme only, they said.

“No discrimination against them in-service conditions. ‘Agniveers’ will get a compensation for Rs 1 crore if he sacrifices his life in service of the nation,” Lt General Arun Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs said.

However, responding to a question asked by a reporter at the presser, the senior official mentioned that “Agniveers” will have to submit a certificate declaring that they have not taken part in any protests ever as the “Indian Army has no space for arsonists”.

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“The announcement of the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme was made on June 14. But the reform was long-pending. We want to induct youth and experience with this reform. Today, a large number of jawan are in their 30s and officers are getting command much later than in the past. Wars will be tech-savvy in the future. We need the youth, who are technologically strong,” Puri said.

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