Billionaire Anand Mahindra said on Monday he was saddened by the violence sparked by the central government’s Agnipath military recruitment scheme, which allows young people to serve in the armed forces for a period of four years.
“Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained and capable young people,” President Anand Mahindra tweeted.
“Great employment potential for Agniveers in the corporate sector. Through leadership, teamwork and physical training, Agniveers provides industry with market-ready professional solutions, covering the full spectrum, from operations to administration and supply chain management,” Mahindra said when answering a question about the positions that will be awarded to Agniveers within the conglomerate.
It comes at a time when a nationwide call for a shutdown was made by some groups on Monday. More than 10 states have seen protests against the proposed military recruiting program.
After the protests turned violent last week, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to set aside 10% vacancies for Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Assam Rifles recruitment for Agniveers who finish four years under the Agnipath program announced by the Centre. The MHA also granted a three-year relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit, to Agniveers for recruitment into the CAPFs and Assam Rifles. For the first batch of Agniveers, the age relaxation will be 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.
Home Secretary Rajnath Singh has also endorsed a proposal to reserve 10% of vacancies in the Ministry of Defense for Agniveers who meet the required eligibility criteria. The 10% reserve will be implemented in Indian Coast Guard, Civil Defense Posts and 16 Public Defense Sector Companies – Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML), Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL), Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL), Mishra Dhatu Nigam (Midhani) Ltd , Nigam Armored Vehicles Ltd (AVNL), Advanced Weapons & Equipment India Ltd (AW&EIL), Munitions India Ltd (MIL), Yantra India Ltd (YIL), Gliders India Ltd (GIL), India Optel Ltd (IOL) and Troop Comforts Ltd (TCL). This reserve would be added to the existing reserves for veterans.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has also announced six service lanes for a smooth transition of Agniveers into various Merchant Navy roles, after their time in the Indian Navy. The program will equip Agniveers with the necessary training, with a wealth of naval experience and professional certification to join the remunerative merchant navy across the world, the ministry said.
Earlier on June 16, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) held a meeting with the Chief Executive Officers of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSICs) and Financial Institutions (FIs) to identify ways in which banks can support Agniveers at the end of their term.
During the meeting, it was decided that PSBs, PSICs and FIs would explore employment opportunities for Agniveers in appropriate capacities based on their educational qualifications and skills through benefits.
It was also decided that banks would explore possibilities to support Agniveers with appropriate credit facilities for skills enhancement, education for business start-up and self-employment.