10% reservation for ‘Agniveers’ in CAPFs, Assam Rifles: MHA
   Date :19-Jun-2022

IN A bid to assuage concerns over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, the Home Ministry on Saturday announced to reserve 10 per cent vacancies in the Central paramilitary forces and the Assam Rifles for ‘Agniveers’, besides a three-year relaxation in the upper age limit. The announcement comes amid widespread protests against the recently unveiled scheme for recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces on a short-term contractual basis. The soldiers recruited under this scheme are to be called ‘Agniveers’. “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers,” a tweet of the Home Ministry said. On the age-relaxation, it said, “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 relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”
At present, jawans between the age of 18-23 years are recruited in the paramilitary forces. The Home Ministry’s announcement is seen as a part of a slew of measures taken by the Government to allay the concerns raised by youths protesting across the country against the scheme. They have also torched public and private property and attacked BJP offices at some places. The Finance Ministry held a meeting on Thursday with the heads of public sector banks and financial institutions to explore employment opportunities for ‘Agniveers’ in their respective organisations. It was also decided that banks would explore possibilities of supporting ‘Agniveers’ through suitable credit facilities for skill up-gradation, education for setting up businesses, and taking up self-employment. The Skill Development Ministry had said the ‘Agnipath’ scheme will create a large pool of skilled youths who can contribute to India’s overall defence preparedness as well as the growth of the economy.
“Skill India and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will work collaboratively with various wings of the Armed Forces to train the students in additional skills to make them better suited to these job roles,” an official statement had said. Besides, all ‘Agniveers’ will get Skill India certification while in service which will enable them to pursue many diverse opportunities in entrepreneurship and job roles that are being created in the economy after completion of their tenure, it added. Several BJP-ruled States like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Assam have also announced various measures to encourage the youth to apply under the Agnipath scheme and assured them reservation in their States. 
Rajnath okays proposal to reserve 10% vacancies in Defence Ministry
DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday approved a proposal to reserve 10 per cent of the job vacancies in the Defence Ministry for ‘Agniveers’ who meet requisite eligibility criteria. The approval to the proposal comes amid mounting protests against the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for defence services that was announced on Tuesday. “The 10 per cent reservation will be implemented in the Indian Coast Guard and defence civilian posts, and all the 16 Defence Public Sector Undertakings,” Singh’s office said. It said this reservation would be in addition to the existing quota for ex-servicemen. “Necessary amendments to relevant recruitment rules will be undertaken to implement these provisions,” the Defence Minister’s office tweeted. “Defence Public Sector Undertakings will be advised to make similar amendments to their respective recruitment rules. Necessary age relaxation provision will also be made,” it said. The approval to the proposal came soon after Singh held a meeting with the top brass of the Army, Navy and the Air Force on the overall situation following the announcement of the ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme.