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“Didn’t expect such protests”: Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on violent protests over Agneepath scheme

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: At a time when the central government is trying to pacify the opposition to the Agneepath scheme and explain the benefits of this new ‘transformative’ recruitment scheme to the armed forces, Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Navy Chief, has backed the plan. Amid protests against the plan across the country, the Navy Chief said that he did not expect such a protest against the Agneepath scheme. He called it the biggest human resource management transformation in the Indian Army. In a video posted by sources, Admiral Kumar said that he has worked for about a year and a half for the Agneepath scheme.

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Further he added “I was part of the planning team and did it for about a year and a half. It is a transformative plan and will transform the armed forces in many ways.” Admiral Kumar said, “This scheme is beneficial for the country and its youth as it opens up more opportunities. I think these protests are taking place due to misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme.”

He said that where earlier only one person used to get an opportunity to serve in the armed forces, now maybe four people will get it. Giving his views on the short duration of service, he said that it has many benefits. Agniveers will get a chance to decide whether they want to take up armed service as a career or take up some other job.

Significantly, the protest against the new scheme of recruitment in the army ‘Agneepath’ is becoming fierce across the country. At least seven states of the country are witnessing demonstrations on Friday. The fire spread from Bihar and then Uttar Pradesh has reached many more states of the country. Violence turned violent in Telangana on Friday, where a youth was killed in a demonstration.

It is reported that the demonstration at Secunderabad railway station in Telangana turned violent and there was arson, after which the police had to fire in the air to clear the crowd. During this, one life was lost and more than 15 were injured. More than 340 trains have been affected due to the protest against the Agneepath scheme. Trains were set on fire in many states.

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