New Delhi, June 18 (Agency)
In an effort to allay concerns over the Agneepath scheme, the Home Ministry on Saturday announced to reserve 10 per cent vacancies in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles for ‘agniveers’. The Home Minister’s Office gave this information. Apart from this, a relaxation of three years has also been announced in the upper age limit. The Center had recently announced the ‘Agneepath’ scheme for the recruitment of jawans on contract basis for short term in the Armed Forces. The soldiers recruited under this scheme will be known as Agniveers. A tweet by the Union Home Ministry said, “Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to reserve 10 per cent vacancies for ‘Agniveers’ for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles.” He also announced a relaxation of three years in the upper age limit for ‘Agniveers’. In another tweet, the ministry said, “Ministry of Home Affairs has also decided to give relaxation of three years in upper age limit prescribed to ‘Agniveers’ for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles. In addition, the first batch of ‘Agniveers’ will be given a relaxation of five years in the prescribed upper age limit.” At present, the personnel in the age group of 18 to 23 years are recruited in the paramilitary forces. The Home Ministry’s announcement is being seen as a part of the steps taken by the government to address the concerns of the youth protesting across the country against the scheme. Protesters torched public and private property and attacked Bharatiya Janata Party offices at some places.