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Agnipath scheme protest: Defence minister Rajnath Singh to hold meeting with service chiefs

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Saturday, Defence minister Rajnath Singh will hold a high level meeting with the defence service chiefs amid protests over the new military recruitment scheme, Agnipath.

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The meeting was attended by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and Vice Chief of Army Staff Gen B S Raju. However, The Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande could not attend the meeting as he is in Hyderabad on an official tour.

The crucial meeting between the defence minister and the service chiefs took place soon after the Union home ministry on Saturday announced a 10% reservation for Agniveers in the recruitment of CAPF and the Assam Rifles. It is learnt that the focus of the meeting was to ensure a quick rollout of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme and ways to pacify the agitators. The government will take action towards further strengthening the Railways Act to protect the property of the national carrier, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Saturday said, as Agnipath protesters disrupted train services in parts of the country and damaged assets.

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari told media that the selection process by the Indian Air Force for recruitment under the new scheme will start from June 24 while the Army said it will begin the initial exercise within two days. On Friday, Defence minister Rajnath Singh also urged the youth to start preparing for the recruitment as the process will begin soon.

A senior military officials said, The three services are planning to deploy the first batches of recruits under the new scheme both in operational and non-operational roles by June next year.

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