As violent demonstrations against the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme entered its second day, Indian Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Friday said he had not anticipated such protests, ANI reported.
The protests against the short-term recruitment scheme in the armed forces that erupted in the northern states on Wednesday, spread to several other parts of the country by Friday.
One person died in Secunderabad after police opened fire at protestors who resorted to arson at the city’s railway station. At least five trains were burnt in three states.
Kumar said that the protests were taking place due to “misinformation and misunderstanding”.
“We worked on Agnipath scheme for almost a year and half…It is the single biggest human resources management transformation in Indian military,” he said on Friday.
#WATCH I didn’t anticipate any protests like this. We worked on Agnipath scheme for almost a year & half…It’s single biggest Human Resources Management transformation in Indian military…Protests are happening due to misinformation & misunderstanding of the scheme: Navy Chief pic.twitter.com/ek2KiK25iB
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
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 Tour of Duty in the armed forces. Of these recruits, 25% will…