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Chairman Harsh Goenka says, RPG group to employ Agniveer, hope other corporates also join us

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Harsh Goenka, chairman of RPG Group, joined fellow industrialist Anand Mahindra in promising to employ Agniveer amid widespread protests against the Centre’s ‘Agneepath’ military recruitment scheme. Took to Twitter to announce that the Mumbai-based conglomerate welcomes opportunities to employ Agniveers. Goenka also said that he hopes other corporates will also follow suit.

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“The RPG group too welcomes the opportunity to employ the Agniveers. I do hope other corporates will also join us to take this pledge and assure our youths of a future,” Mr Goenka wrote.

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Earlier today, Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group had also expressed his disappointment at the ongoing violence against the government’s new recruitment scheme, saying he was ready to welcome Agniveers, the candidates who participate in the Agnipath scheme, after the end of their tenure into the Mahindra group.

“Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the scheme was mooted last year I stated-& I repeat-the discipline & skills Agniveers gain will make them eminently employable. The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained, capable young people,” Mr Mahindra tweeted.

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Bhikchandani, co-founder of Info Edge which owns the job portal Naukri.com ,in a series of tweets said those who will be trained by the armed forces under the Agnipath scheme will have many job options in the private sector and not “pigeon holed into narrow roles”.

On Monday, Bhikchandani tweeted,“Discipline, focus and commitment are qualities that are valued by all companies. And they are proving to be increasingly scarce. I am willing to bet that many of the seventy-five percent who don’t stay in the armed forces long term will be very good talent for the private sector.”

On Saturday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal reserving 10 percent job vacancies in the defence ministry for Agniveers meeting requisite eligibility criteria. The finance ministry held meeting with financial institutions and state-run banks with the hope to identify ways of inducting Agniveers after the end of their tenure. The aviation ministry said it would induct “highly skilled, disciplined and motivated” Agniveers into its various services.

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