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PM Modi met 3 army chiefs, discussed over “Agnipath scheme” amid ongoing controversy

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Today On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) held separate meetings with the chiefs of the three wings of the army. In this meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence, discussions were held regarding the Agnipath scheme. There was a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Chief of Navy Admiral R Hari Kumar and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary.

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First of all, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar reached the PM residence. After the meeting with the Navy Chief was over, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary met and lastly the Prime Minister met Army Chief Jan Manoj Pandey. One after the other meetings were held according to seniority. Admiral R Hari Kumar is the senior most among the three army chiefs. General Pandey is at number three. Prime Minister Modi met the three army chiefs separately for 30 minutes.

The Agnipath Military Recruitment Scheme was announced on June 14, after which violent protests have erupted in different parts of the country. Protesters set fire to many trains and buses in the past.

Before the meeting of PM Modi, the three parts of the Army, ie, the Army, Air Force and Navy, once again held a joint press conference regarding the Agneepath scheme and the recruitment process of Agniveers. During this, the officer said that the army is not for the job but for the passion and emotion.

Amidst the protests, the government has also announced several concessions for the recruitment of Agniveers under the Agneepath scheme. It also includes relaxation in age limit. Apart from this, a promise has also been made to keep additional quota for Agniveers in paramilitary forces. Many business organizations including Mahindra Group have also said to give priority to Agniveers. Significantly, violence has been seen in many states including UP, Bihar, Punjab regarding the Agneepath scheme, which gives youth an opportunity to work in the army for four years.

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