Protests against the Agnipath Scheme, a new military recruitment process, are getting even more intensified now. As these protests are spreading to eight states of the Nation, the Center today announced 10 percent reservations for Agniveers in the “Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles.”
10 Percent Reservations Under Agnipath Scheme
With the center providing 10 percent reservations to Agniveers, there is also an age relaxation of three years over the benchmarked upper age limit announced by The Ministry of Home Affairs for getting recruited at two paramilitary forces. Also, the very first batch of Agniveers will be given an upper age relaxation of five years beyond the benchmarked limit.
73,000 Vacant Posts
This announcement came after few days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the preference over others will be given to Agniveers in the CAPFs. Plus, the Centre had already declared the one-time age relaxation for the newly recruited Agniveers from 21 to 23.
At the present time, there are around 73,000 vacant posts in five units of paramilitary forces, “The Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Shastra Seema Bal (SSB), and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).”
As Union Home Ministry data suggests there are almost 73,219 vacant posts in CAPFs and Assam Rifles. Plus, a total of 18,214 posts are also needed to fill in Police forces in Union Territories.
Protests Over Agnipath Getting More Intense
Despite the assurances and relaxations in some terms given by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Army chief in the Agnipath scheme, the protests are getting outrageous. This has emerged as a major problem for the Government as now eight states of the Nation are protesting.
Even a life has been lost in a Police firing in Telangana, as the protestors are creating horrifying scenes by setting the trains on fire and damaging properties. Violence up to an extent has also been reported in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh. The shocking news is that in Bihar the house of Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi was attacked during the protests.