INDUSTRY leaders, including Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka and Biocon Ltd Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Monday came out in support of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, saying it has large potential for employment of youth in the corporate sector.
Mahindra also expressed dismay over the violence against the scheme while asserting that the farm equipment to aerospace conglomerate welcomes the opportunity to recruit trained, capable and young people under the programme. The ‘Agnipath’ scheme, announced on June 14, provides for the recruitment of youths between the age bracket of 17-and-half years to 21 for only four years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. Later, the Government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment in 2022. Protests have erupted in several States against the Centre’s scheme.
Expressing his opinion on the scheme, Mahindra said there is a large potential for employment of ‘Agniveers’ in the corporate sector.
“Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the scheme was mooted last year I stated-& I repeat-the discipline & skills ‘Agniveers’ gain will make them eminently employable,” Mahindra tweeted.
The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained and capable young people, he further said. When asked by a Twitter user on what post will be given by the Mahindra Group to ‘Agniveers’, he responded, “Large potential for employment of ‘Agniveers’ in the Corporate Sector. With leadership, teamwork & physical training, ‘Agniveers’ provide market-ready professional solutions to industry, covering the full spectrum from operations to administration & supply chain management.” Responding to Mahindra’s tweet, Goenka said, “The RPG group too welcomes the opportunity to employ the ‘Agniveers’. I do hope other corporates will also join us to take this pledge and assure our youths of a future.”
Expressing similar views, Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted: “I firmly believe that ‘Agniveers’ will have a distinct advantage in recruitment in the industrial job market.”
Apollo Hospitals Group, Joint Managing Director Sangita Reddy said in a tweet: “I firmly believe the discipline & skills that #Agniveers will gain will provide market-ready prof sol 4 R industry I sincerely hope r industry support recruiting such capable young people...”