Home Ministry of affairs Anurag Thakur urges young people not to resort to violence over Agnipath program

Anurag Thakur urges young people not to resort to violence over Agnipath program


June 18, 2022 8:36 p.m. STI

New Delhi [India]Jun 18 (ANI): Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday called on the youths, who are protesting against the Agnipath scheme recently launched by the Armed Forces Recruitment Centre, not to engage in violence and said that the government is “listening seriously to their concerns”.
Protests erupted in various parts of the country after the program was launched. In some parts of the country, protests have turned violent where rock throwing has been seen in some places while trains have been set on fire in some places including Bihar and Telangana.
Speaking to ANI, Thakur said the Ministry of Youth and Sports is considering offering something to Agniveers when they retire from service in the armed forces.
“I call on young people to say that violence is not the right way. The government is seriously listening to your concerns. The Ministry of Youth and Sports is also planning to do something for them when they come after 4 years of service to provide intensive courses and to provide training for those who want to become physical education teachers,” he said.
“15,000 positions for physical education teachers are vacant in various states. We are also thinking in this direction,” he added.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday approved a proposal to reserve 10% of Defense Ministry vacancies for “Agniveers” who meet the required eligibility criteria.

According to the Defense Minister’s Office, the reserve will be implemented in the Indian Coast Guard and Civilian Defense Stations, as well as the 16 Public Sector Defense Companies.
The ministry’s announcement comes amid protests that have erupted following the Centre’s launch of the Agnipath scheme which is a new recruitment procedure for the Defense Forces. Notably, protests have turned violent in many parts of the country.
Earlier today the Home Office announced that the ‘Agniveers’ would be absorbed into the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Assam Rifles at the end of their four-year term in the army.
The MHA also announced three years of age relaxation, beyond the Agniveers’ upper age limit for recruitment into the CAPFs and Assam Rifles.
For the first batch of Agniveers, the age easing will be 5 years beyond the upper age limit.
On June 14, the Union Cabinet approved a scheme to recruit young Indians to serve in the three services of the Armed Forces called Agnipath and the youths selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers. (ANI)