‘Agnipath’ scheme in national interest: Guv

ITANAGAR, 16 Jun: Following the announcement made by the defence ministry about the new enrollment policy for the Indian armed forces, ‘Agnipath’, Governor BD Mishra said that the scheme is in the interest of the nation, national security, society and the youths.

“This new recruitment scheme will enhance the fighting ability of the Indian armed forces and at the same time provide a quality, trained and disciplined manpower to the society when the individuals leave the armed forces.

These individuals will be accomplished human resource and find early employment opportunities in various avenues,” Mishra said on Thursday.

“The ‘Agnipath’ scheme is beneficial also for the youths who miss the selection for regular armed force services as, after they leave the force, they will be given preference in the reemployment process,” he added.

Mishra said that 75 percent of the people who discontinue their services in the armed forces after four years under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme “will be given preference for recruitment in the Central Armed Police Force.

“In the state services, they will be preferred over fresh candidates for recruitment in state police and the Indian Reserve Battalions also,” he said.

The governor further said that the scheme would “reduce the medically low category personnel in the armed forces.”

“Indian soldiers neither were nor will ever be conscript soldiers as recruitment in the Indian armed forces has been always voluntary,” he said, and urged the youths of the state to avail the benefit of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme. (Raj Bhavan)