New Delhi: The Agnipath scheme was announced with an aim to bring in the much-awaited reforms in the Armed Forces but more than praise, it is receiving brickbats. Youngsters & ‘army aspirants’ have taken to streets in many parts of the country and are venting their anger over ‘restricted’ service in the Armed Forces.
Government, however, is walking an extra mile to convince them about benefits of one–of-its kind scheme, with many ministers listing the umpteen benefits that it will deliver in the short & long term for the nation.
The Centre also went a step ahead today and announced 10% quota for Agniveers in the Central Armed Police Force & the Assam Rifles to send across message that those bowing out of Forces after 4 years won’t be left to fend for themselves.
Meanwhile, several BJP ruled states have also come out in support of the Agnipath scheme and encouraged young aspirants to go for the scheme and not hold any apprehensions. They have also promised preferential treatment for Agniveers once they ‘part ways’ with military after 4 years of service.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that government will give priority to the ‘retired Agniveers’ in the Arogya Nidhi initiative. Under the initiative, the beneficiaries are provided financial assistance of upto Rs 1,50,000. The BPL families whose monthly income is less than Rs 10,000 are covered under this scheme.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath declared that Agniveers coming out from the Armed Forces will be prioritized in getting employment in police recruitments and also other govt departments.
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan promised ‘preferential treatment’ for the Agniveers in the state police recruitment.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar was also forthcoming in the assuaging the concerns of people. He said that Agniveers will get priority in state govt jobs, once they are done with their 4 year assignment in Army.
The hilly state will also give more weightage to Agniveers while making fresh appointments in the state police force.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced that Agniveers will get priority not just in police jobs but also in getting aid for entrepreneurship schemes.
“Those wanting to start their own enterprise for Aatmanirbhar Arunachal will get preference under all credit-linked subsidy schemes of the state government,” the chief minister announced.
It is another BJP ruled state to offer ‘preferential treatment’ to Agniveers in the recruitment of police personnel in the state.