The first batch of Agniveervayu would be enrolled by December and training would commence by December 30.
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.
Minister of State Tusharkanti Behera on Tuesday termed the scheme as brilliant. The development came amid speculation that BJD will extend its support to the Presidential candidate selected by NDA.
The plea has sought directions to the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan governments to submit a status report on the violent protests.
PM Modi maintained that the double engine government of the BJP is constantly working towards ease of living as well as ease of doing business. "Private sector is also involved in building nations and I thank them," he underlined.
The merits of having a young armed force and a cost-effective Armed Force have been deliberated for years and finally Agniveers have emerged.
Of the 529 trains, 181 were mail/express trains and 348 were passenger trains.
The suspension has been already in place in 12 districts since June 17 and the state government decided to add eight more.
The heavy presence of security personnel was seen at the Delhi-Gurugram border in the early hours of Monday.
The CPI staged a protest over the scheme of the Central government at Rajmahal square in Bhubaneswar.
The Congress will start its day with party General Secretary Ajay Maken addressing a press conference at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Talking about the apprehension about the training for Agniveers, he said that all cadets trained in one year only. Youth will be skilled for multiple avenues after their exit, he added.
On the ongoing protest, Lt General Puri said, "Indian Army's foundation in discipline. No space for arson, vandalism. Every individual will have to take a pledge that they were not part of protests or vandalism".
According to a source, all three service chiefs attended the meeting.
The Centre said that these Agniveers will be given preference in Central Armed Police Forces.
The arrested accused are identified as Sandeep Parag, Pawar, Mohit Chaudhary, Saurabh Kumar and Uday. All these are residents of Saharanpur.
Since the agitations broke out, the Railways faced maximum wrath incurring maximum losses.
The state had witnessed anti-Agnipath protest and violence in Cuttack on Friday and alleged suicide by an aspirant in Balasore district.
As per officials, no train will be dealt at Visakhapatnam station from 6 am to 2 pm in view of the agitation today.
Sources said that the BJP leaders are being asked to explain that the recruitment process in the armed forces is not stopping after the 'Agnipath' scheme, and 25 percent of the 'Agniveers' will be absorbed in the armed forces.
The Chief of Army Staff also called upon the youth to avail the opportunity to join the Indian Army as 'Agniveers'.
Coaches of seven trains have so far been set ablaze by protestors, officials said.
These are the cries of a school boy terrified by the protests in Darbhanga (Bihar) over Agnipath scheme. These children were stranded inside their school bus with violent protest going on outside. The bus later managed to get out of the blockade with Police intervention.
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The government on Thursday night raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the 'Agnipath' scheme to 23 years from 21 for 2022 amid widespread protest against the new model for enrolment of soldiers into the three services.
The three service chiefs have also strongly backed the scheme and said it was unveiled after over two years of deliberations.
Agitation against the central government's new recruitment policy for the armed forces, Agnipath, continued in several parts of Bihar. Protestors went on a rampage at the BJP's Nawada office.
The scheme involves recruitment of the jawans into the army, the navy and the air force for a four-year-period followed by compulsory retirement for most without gratuity and pension benefits.
Official sources said, the scheme will give opportunity to youths to serve the nation for a short or long duration in the Indian Defence Forces by being ‘Bharat Ke Agniveer.’