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Agnipath: Three Armed Services Chiefs Brief PM Modi On Recruitment Scheme

Modi met with the chiefs of armed forces to know how the planning and execution of the Agnipath scheme is panning out and further what is the schedule and way ahead of the same.

Department of Military Affairs Additional Secretary Lieutenant General Anil Puri addresses a press conference regarding the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme, at South Block Ministry of Defence, in New Delhi on Sunday. Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi and Air Marshal Suraj Kumar Jha also seen. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met with the chiefs of the three armed forces, amid the ongoing protest against the short-term recruitment scheme launched by the Centre. Reportedly, in the separate meetings with the Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs, PM Modi was briefed on the various implementations of the scheme.

After the announcement of the scheme, this was the first time PM Modi met with the chiefs of armed forces to know how the planning and execution of the Agnipath scheme is panning out and further what is the schedule and way ahead of the same.

The meeting went on for almost 30-35 minutes. PM Modi first met with the Indian Air Force chief and lastly with the Army chief.

According to the reports, armed force chiefs gave presentations about the scheme and about the outreach program that is going on amid the country-wide protests, to convenience people about the scheme.

Earlier today, in a media address top brasses of the armed forces asserted that the recruitment process will remain unchanged and that the traditional regiment system in the military will continue.

Lt Gen Anil Puri, additional secretary, Department of Military Affairs, asserted that the scheme, which envisages a four-year term for 75 per cent of recruits, was an outcome of a long period of consultation between the three services and the Ministry of Defence(MOD) besides deliberation among several wings of the government. It is a much-needed reform.

The armed forces said, “Our recruitment calendar was decided for June 25 at first, but it will start on Wednesday, June 22. Online registration to start from July 1 onwards,” said Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Chief of Personnel (COP), Indian Navy.

In an interview with ANI, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday said that the future will see a scenario where there will be contactless wars against invisible enemies and India needs a young fit and agile army.

Doval added that security is a dynamic concept and it cannot remain static. “It is only in relation to the environment in which we have to protect our national interest and national assets.”

“I think that the protests, raising your voice is justified and is permitted in a democracy. But this vandalism, this violence is not permitted and will not be tolerated at all,” Doval, in an exclusive interview, NSA told news agency ANI.

However, yesterday PM Modi spoke in favour of the Agnipath scheme and said, it “may seem bitter at first”. This means that the ‘Agnipath’ scheme may sound problematic at first, as cited in some news reports.

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