Agnipath recruitment scheme: Violent protests in Bihar; road, rail traffic disrupted
Agnipath recruitment scheme: Protestors blocked the movement of trains on Patna-Gaya and Patna-Buxar routes
Agnipath recruitment scheme: Protests against the Centre's 'Agnipath' scheme for hiring jawans on a short-term contractual basis continued across Bihar for the second consecutive day today. Aspirants preparing for jobs in defence forces disrupted railway and road traffic in Jehanabad, Buxar and Nawada districts.
Protestors blocked National Highway 83
Hundreds of agitators blocked National Highway 83 in Jehanabad and burned tyres demanding the scrapping of the scheme. Angry protestors took out processions in the three districts and other parts of the state.
On Wednesday too, protestors had disrupted railway and road traffic in various parts of the state.
What is Agnipath scheme
Under the 'Agnipath' scheme, around 45,000 people aged between 17.5 and 21 years will be inducted into the armed forces for a four-year period, following which most of them will have to take compulsory retirement sans pension or gratuity benefits although some will be retained.
Of the total annual recruits, only 25 per cent will be allowed to continue for another 15 years under permanent commission.
The Union cabinet has approved the "transformative" scheme on Tuesday. The youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers.
“The Agnipath scheme is a transformational reform for the Army and the Nation and aims to bring paradigm changes in the Human Resource Management of the Indian Army. The concept of scheme envisages promotion of nationalism in the youth offering skilled manpower to the society and ensuring a more youthful profile of the Army. The ‘Agnipath’ allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of 4 years" said Lt Gen Arvind Walia, Chief of Staff, HQ Southern Command.
Under the old system, youths aged between 16.5 and 21 years were selected for a minimum of 15 years of service and used to get pension after retirement.
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