Mrunal Manmay Dash

On the heels of widespread protests by opposition political parties demanding a rollback of the Agnipath scheme, the Indian Metal And Ferro Alloys (IMFA) Limited has decided to give the young Agniveers a chance to work for them after completion of their tenure with defence forces.

The information was announced on Tuesday by industrialist and Managing Director (MD) of IMFA, Subhrakant Panda.

Taking to Twitter, Panda said, "Industry will be more than willing to take on board Agniveers after completion of tour of duty given their unique training & skill set; accordingly, IMFA Ltd will give preference to them in recruitment."

Panda had earlier welcomed the scheme. In a June 14 tweet, he had said, "The Agnipath scheme is a unique initiative which gives youth an opportunity to serve the country & then join the general workforce having imbibed certain skills. I welcome it wholeheartedly."

Pertinent to mention here that the industrialists in the country have displayed their desire to recruit the Agniveers given their training and skill set they will possess after completion of their defence training and tenure at the front.

Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra had expressed his sadness at the violence that has marred the protests and said he would welcome the opportunity to recruit Agniveers once their four-year stint with the armed forces is finished.

Similarly, following suit, Chairman of RPG Group, Harsh Goenka, joined Mahindra in promising employment to Agniveers.

"The RPG group too welcomes the opportunity to employ the Agniveers. I do hope other corporates will also join us to take this pledge and assure our youths of a future," Goenka wrote in his twitter handle.