THE Armed Forces said on Tuesday that “credible” information on the ‘Agnipath’ scheme recently has dispelled misinformation about the initiative and asserted that youngsters preparing to become soldiers have returned to physical activities at several places.
Amid misgivings about the recruitment process, Lt General Anil Puri, additional secretary, Department of Military Affairs, asserted that the recruitment process will remain unchanged and the traditional regimentation system in the military will continue. The scheme, which envisages a four-year term for 75 per cent of recruits, was an outcome of a long period of consultation within the three services and the Ministry of Defence besides deliberation among several wings of the Government. It is a much needed reform, he said at a tri-service press conference.
Various committees since 1989 had made recommendations on these lines, he said, adding that all stakeholders were involved in finalising the ‘Agnipath’ scheme.
With youths at several places resorting to violence to protest the scheme, Puri said all applicants for ‘Agnipath’ will have to give an undertaking that they were not part of any violence.