WHAT IS THE ‘AGNIPATH’ SCHEME?
Protests against the new ‘Agnipath’ scheme have escalated across the country. Eleven states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Assam, are witnessing violent clashes where vehicles, police stations, and trains are set ablaze by the protesters.
This was followed after the government launched the ‘Agnipath’ scheme on 14 June for recruiting soldiers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force on a short-term contractual basis.
Out of 40,000 to 50,000 soldiers recruited annually under this scheme, only 25 percent of them will be allowed to serve for another 15 years, under permanent commission.
Amid protests, the government has increased the upper-age limit for recruitment under this scheme to 23 from 21.
The incident of the youth’s suicide predates the launching of ‘Agnipath’ scheme and is being shared with a false claim.
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