Rajnath approves reserving 10% jobs in defence ministry for Agniveers


Defence Minister on Saturday approved a proposal to reserve 10 per cent of the in the for Agniveers meeting requisite eligibility criteria.

The approval to the proposal comes amid mounting protests against the Agnipath path military recruitment scheme that was announced on Tuesday.

“The 10 per cent reservation will be implemented in the Indian Coast Guard and defence civilian posts, and all the 16 Defence Public Sector Undertakings,” Singh’s office said.

It said this reservation would be in addition to the existing reservations for ex-servicemen.

“Necessary amendments to relevant recruitment rules will be undertaken to implement these provisions,” the defence minister’s office tweeted.

“Defence Public Sector Undertakings will be advised to make similar amendments to their respective recruitment rules. Necessary age relaxation provision will also be made,” it said.

The Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) which will implement the reservation are Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL).

The Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI) Ltd, Armoured Vehicles Nigam Ltd (AVNL), Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Ltd (AW&EIL), Munitions India Ltd (MIL), Yantra India Ltd (YIL), Gliders India Ltd (GIL), India Optel Limited (IOL) and Troop Comforts Ltd (TCL) will also implement the reservation.

The approval to the proposal came soon after Singh held a meeting with the top brass of the Army, Navy and the Air Force on the overall situation following the announcement on the Agnipath military recruitment scheme.

In an attempt to pacify the protesters, the government on Thursday night increased the upper age limit for recruitment under the Agnipath scheme to 23 years from 21 for the year 2022.

Unveiling the scheme on Tuesday, the government said youths between the ages of 17 and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted for a four-year tenure while 25 per cent of them will be subsequently inducted for regular service.

The youths to be recruited under the new scheme would be called Agniveer. A major objective of the scheme is to bring down the average age of military personnel and cut ballooning salary and pension bills.

The announcement of the new scheme came in the backdrop of recruitments into the military remaining stalled over the coronavirus pandemic for over two years.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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