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PM Modi takes on critics of Agnipath: “Some decisions may seem unpleasant in the beginning but…”

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Protests are taking place in many states of the country against the ‘Agnipath’ scheme. Protesters are on the streets in many states against this new scheme of recruitment in the army. Amidst the controversy over ‘Agnipath’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that some decisions may seem unpleasant in the beginning, but with the passage of time it will be beneficial and will help in nation building.

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He said that only the path of reform can take us towards new goals and new resolve. Although PM Modi did not make any direct mention of the ‘Agnipath’ scheme during this period. PM Modi was speaking at the launch of several development schemes in Bengaluru.

PM Modi said that I have seen that the India of the 21st century is of money and job creators and innovators, who are the real strength of the country. The government has been promoting them for the last eight years. He said that the path of startup and innovation is not easy. It was also not easy to take the country on this path for the last eight years. Many decisions and improvements may be temporarily unpleasant, but their benefits can be felt over time.

It is worth noting that some organizations have called for Bharat Bandh today in protest against the Agneepath scheme for recruitment in the army. Due to the protest, the railways had to cancel more than 500 trains. Since the announcement of the Agneepath scheme, there has been a lot of damage to the property of the country in the arson and sabotage. Percentage job reservation has been announced.

PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Karnataka from today. During this, the PM inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of rail and road infrastructure projects worth over Rs 28,000 crore. PM also addressed a public meeting in Bangalore. PM said that the foundation stone of 5 National Highway projects, 7 railway projects has been laid in Karnataka. We have witnessed an important milestone of 100 percent electrification of Konkan Railway. All these projects will give new facilities to the youth, middle class, farmers, workers, entrepreneurs of Karnataka.

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Age relaxation of three years has been given to Agniveers in CAPFs and Assam Rifles. It is believed that with this step, the path of giving jobs to the firefighters in the paramilitary forces will also be easy. Will provide employment opportunities in the Merchant Navy for the Agniveers of the Indian Navy. For this, six service routes have also been included by the Ministry of Shipping. This has opened many opportunities for Agniveers.

Earlier, the state government had increased the age limit for joining Agneepath scheme from 21 to 23 years, keeping in mind that no recruitment has been done in the last two years. After this announcement, many state governments have said that they will also give preference to Agniveers in police recruitment in their state. The Defence Ministry has decided to reserve 10 per cent jobs for Agniveers in the Coast Guard and security agencies run by the states.

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