Govt raises upper age for Agnipath scheme to 23 for this year after protests

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised
Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: The central government on Tuesday unveiled Agneepath, under which most soldiers will leave service in just four years – 45,000 to 50,000 candidates will be recruited annually, but only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for the next 15 years under permanent commission. Will be allowed.

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised

New short-term recruitment policy for the armed forces, following violent protests in several states on Thursday, with the Center announcing a relaxation of two years, for an urgent review of key NDA ally JD(U) chief Agneepath. Surprisingly no recruitment in the services “during the last two years” in the upper age limit for the scheme this year.

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: A day after large groups of youth blocked roads, pelted stones, set train coaches on fire and targeted BJP offices and leaders, the Defense Ministry said it would allow those who Was 21 years old when the recruitments were halted. Eligible – For this year only.

Under the original scheme announced on Tuesday, only candidates in the age group of 17 and a half years to 21 years are eligible for the recruitment. But on Thursday the Defense Ministry said that “the upper age limit for the recruitment process for the Agneepath scheme for 2022 has been increased to 23 years”.

The ministry earlier said that since “recruitment has not become possible during the last two years, the government has decided that one-time relaxation will be given for the proposed recruitment cycle for 2022”.

Earlier, the protests were most violent in Bihar, where the JD (U) and the BJP are part of the ruling alliance. In Kaimur, job-seekers set fire to a compartment of a stationary train. In separate incidents, the protesters torched two other coaches – one at Gopalganj’s Sidhwalia station, where passengers had to run to save themselves, and the other at Chhapra. No one was reported to be injured.

125 people arrested for the violent protests

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: Confirming the damage, Bihar ADGP (Law and Order) Sanjay Singh said that the police have so far “arrested 125 people for the violent protests”. Railways said 34 trains were completely canceled and eight partially, 72 trains were either stopped at stations or were running late due to agitation.

Heated protests were also witnessed in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and at a railway station in Delhi. The peaceful protests took place in Jharkhand’s Ranchi and Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh, officials said.

Echoes of protest were also heard in the political sphere.

JD (U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh demanded a review of the Agneepath scheme. Tweeting in Hindi, he wrote: “Unemployment due to unemployment has created discontent, despair and fear of a bleak future after the announcement of the Agneepath scheme. The Center should immediately reconsider the Agneepath scheme as it is related to the security of the country.

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: Speaking to The Indian Express, JD (U) national spokesperson KC Tyagi said: “Now that the students are protesting, the Center has to find a way and see if it fails to explain the Agneepath scheme to the youth. Used to be. But we do not support that mode of protest which has caused great damage to public property.”

Senior JD (U) leader and Bihar minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav called on the Center to “talk to students’ representatives”.

Opposition parties criticized the Center for “ignoring grievances of unemployed youth”, especially in rural areas, and “not respecting” the armed forces.

In Bihar, unrest has been reported from at least 10 districts including Ara, Kaimur, Siwan, Munger, Saharsa and Bhagalpur. Officials said the protesters attacked BJP offices in Nawada and Madhubani, targeted BJP MLA Aruna Devi’s vehicle in Warisliganj and pelted stones at BJP MLA CN Gupta’s house in Chhapra.

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: In Haryana’s Palwal, over 20 police and government personnel were injured and five official vehicles were torched by protesters who gheraoed the Deputy Commissioner’s office near Agra Chowk. Police fired in the air and lobbed tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The Haryana government later imposed prohibitory orders in the area and ordered a temporary suspension of internet services in Palwal “to prevent the spread of propaganda and rumours”.  

The movement was infiltrated by anti-social elements- Haryana Government

“The movement was infiltrated by anti-social elements, who started pelting stones, leading to a law and order situation. They also tried to damage the (DC) office and stole ammunition from the police stationed there.

Protests were reported apart in the state from Rewari and Gurgaon, where traffic was blocked on the Jaipur highway at Bilaspur Chowk.

In Rohtak, a 23-year-old youth, a resident of Jind’s Lijwana village, committed suicide by hanging himself inside his room at a paying guest accommodation with his family, claiming that he was preparing for recruitment in the armed forces and the new policy. Was disappointed.

The central government on Tuesday unveiled Agneepath, under which most soldiers will leave service in just four years – 45,000 to 50,000 candidates will be recruited annually, but only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for the next 15 years under permanent commission. Will be allowed.

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: On Wednesday, the government launched a series of welfare measures for those who will be let go early, including priority in recruitment for the Central Armed Police Forces, the Assam Rifles and some state police services.  

“Job in the armed forces is the only lifeline for a secure future for the youth of the villages and their families. Who would go for a four year job with an uncertain future? It is painful for those unemployed youth who are preparing for opportunity in armed forces for most of their life,” said Aman Sah, a student from Bhagalpur in Bihar, who took part in the protests.  

“There is hardly a village in Bihar that does not send at least one youth to the armed forces every year. The short-term Agneepath scheme has come as a bolt from the blue for them,” said SK Jha, who runs the popular coaching program for job aspirants in Bihar.

According to Jha, an estimated 2.5-3 lakh students from the state appear for the recruitment exam in the armed forces.

In Jammu, police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse a large crowd outside the Army Recruiting Office on BC Road to protest the cancellation of their written recruitment test after the opening of Agneepath. The protesters also blocked the busy Tawi Bridge, disrupting vehicular movement for nearly an hour in the morning.  

2.5-3 lakh students appeared in every year from Bihar

Agnipath Scheme Upper Age Limit Raised: “We had applied for recruitment in 2019 and had done physical and medical tests. The written test has been canceled more than once due to one reason or the other, including covid. It was finally proposed to be held on Thursday,” said one protester, who did not wish to be identified.

Protests were also witnessed in some districts of UP, mainly Bulandshahr and Agra. While a highway was blocked in Agra, protesters blocked the busy GT Road in Bulandshahr and raised slogans against the Centre. Senior police officials said no arrests had been made related to the protests.

In Rajasthan, job aspirants and workers of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) took out rallies in districts including Jaipur, Nagaur, Ajmer, Dholpur, Bhilwara, Sikar and Jodhpur, with police lightening up at some places to disperse the crowd. Lathi charged. ,

Protesters at Nangloi station in outer Delhi blocked the railway track and raised slogans against the Centre. DCP (External) Sameer Sharma said: “Around 15-20 people had gathered at the railway station and started protesting against the Agneepath scheme. They were on the track and they stopped a train. They dispersed.” Officials said that in Ranchi, about 50 protesters gathered outside the railway station and in the main road overbridge area, demanding the withdrawal of the policy. And in Pithoragarh, a group of youth held a “peaceful protest” and submitted a memorandum against Agneepath at the collectorate.


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