The new Agnipath scheme is a much-needed reform in the right direction while noting that the armed forces should not be an employment guarantee programme, according to the Congress MP, Manish Tewari. The INC leader and MP took to his Twitter to convey his views on the freshly launched defence recruitment scheme ‘ Agnipath’ in midst of the ongoing outrage over the scheme since yesterday.
As part of a major revamp of the selection process, the government announced on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, that soldiers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force would largely be hired on a four-year, short-term contract basis.
Tewari stated that “This is a reform which is much-needed and is a reform in the right direction.”
“I do empathise with youth who have concerns over Agnipath Recruitment Process. Reality is India needs a younger armed force with lighter human footprint savvy on technology and equipped with state of art weaponry. Armed forces of Union shouldn’t be an employment guarantee programme,” he also said in a tweet.
Interestingly, his comments are at odds with those of his party, which has chastised the administration over the project and urged that it be put on hold while more extensive consultations with experts and others are held.
Under this scheme, youngsters between the ages of 17 and 21 will be eligible to get enlisted in the three services through this scheme. ‘Agnipath’ provides for the retention of 25% of recruits for regular service once their four-year term is completed.
According to the government, the new model will not only provide new capabilities to the military services but will also provide opportunities for young people in the commercial sector.