Services are preparing to begin Agnipath recruitment as protests escalate

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While authorities dealt with protests against the armed forces’ short-term Agnipath recruitment scheme, the three services stated on Friday that they were ready to begin the recruitment process.

The Indian Army said it will release a notification in the next two days, while the Indian Air Force stated the recruitment process will begin on June 24. The Indian Navy has also stated that the process will begin soon.

The announcements came just one day after the government announced a one-time age relaxation for candidates this year, extending the top age restriction from 21 to 23.

In Ballia, policemen try to put out a fire started by protesters opposing the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ project. (PTI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh remarked on Friday that the “relaxation of age” shows that the administration cares for our youth. “We welcome the youth of our country to join the Indian Armed Forces and serve the nation through Agnipath,” he said, adding that the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence, and the services “are committed to beginning the recruitment process as soon as possible.”

Army Chief General Manoj Pande said the announcement for the recruitment process will be issued in two days and training will commence by December, praising the age relaxation decision.

He informed the ANI news agency that the “recruitment process will commence shortly” and that “notice will be published” on the website joinindianarmy.nic.in “within the next 2 days.”

Several states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Telangana, saw rail services delayed as demonstrators barricaded rails and burned train cars ablaze.
“Our Army recruitment organisations will thereafter issue a complete registration and rally timetable.” “We will make sure that all of the kids and hopefuls have enough time to register and prepare during this procedure,” General Pande stated.

“As far as Agniveers travelling to recruiting training centres is concerned, the first Agniveers will begin training this December,” he stated.

The Army chief had previously stated that the government’s decision to lower the upper age limit “will provide an opportunity for many of our young, energetic, and patriotic youth who, despite the Covid pandemic, were preparing to join the recruitment rallies, which could not be completed in the last two years due to Covid restrictions,” in a statement. He urged the young people to “take advantage of this chance to join the Indian Army as Agniveers.”

The Indian Army said it will release a notification in the next two days, while the Indian Air Force stated the recruitment process will begin on June 24. The Indian Navy has also stated that the process will begin soon.
Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari, the chief of the Indian Air Force, has announced that the recruitment process for Agniveers will begin next week. “I am overjoyed that the upper age limit for the first recruitment has been lifted to 23.” The youth will profit from this transformation. “I am optimistic that a large number of young people will apply,” he remarked. “The recruitment process for the Air Force will commence on June 24.”

According to the Navy, the government’s one-time dispensation “would allow admittance of those adolescents who were unable to join the Armed Forces due to a temporary halt in recruitment during the Covid-19 outbreak.”

“We are ready to welcome the first batch of Agniveers into our service,” the Navy stated, adding that the recruitment process will begin soon. We encourage all young men and women in our country to enlist as Agniveers in the Indian Navy and contribute to national security and nation-building.”

The Navy plans to begin training the Agniveers by November, according to Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar. The Navy Agniveers, he claimed, will include women.