The Union home ministry on Saturday announced a 10% reservation for “Agniveers” in the Central Armed Police Forces and the Assam Rifles paramilitary force. Recruits to the Centre’s newly-announced Agnipath scheme will be called Agniveers.
The home ministry’s decision came amid violent protests across the country against the short-term recruitment scheme to the armed forces.
On Tuesday, the government had announced the scheme under which citizens aged between 17 and a half and 21 years will be eligible to apply for a four-year service in the military. Of these recruits, 25% will be eligible to apply as regular personnel after they complete their four-year service.
However, protests erupted against the decision as job aspirants demanded permanent recruitment under the regular process and pension and other retirement benefits, which are not part of the Agnipath scheme.
On Saturday, the home ministry also announced a three-year age relaxation for Agniveers who want to join the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles after completing their Agnipath service. Currently, the maximum age limit for recruitment in the two forces is 25.
The MHA also decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs & Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age…