Agnipath scheme protests: Industrialist Anand Mahindra promises to recruit Agniveers

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Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group

Peculiarities

  • The Modi government has come under fire over youth protests against the new army recruitment scheme.
  • Agnipath’s scheme enrolls young people between the ages of 17.5 and 21 for 4 years.
  • The scheme provides for the retention of a 25% stake in Agniveers for another 15 years.

The Agnipath scheme protests: Amid mass protests against the Modi government’s “Agnipat” scheme, industrialist Anand Mahindra made an offer to hire Agniver for his company. Mahindra, who is the chairman of the Mahindra Group, tweeted that he was saddened by the violence over the new military recruitment scheme and stressed that his conglomerate from tractor to financial services would be “recruiting trained and capable people” after four years in the military. forces. .

This is the first such announcement by the corporate house since fierce protests against the scheme announced on June 14 forced the Modi government to announce several loosenings to appease the protesters.

“Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When this scheme was discussed last year, I stated – and I repeat – the discipline and skills that Agnivers will acquire will make them eminently employable. Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to hire such trained, capable young people. people,” Anand Mahindra tweeted on Monday morning.

Asked what position will be given to Agniveers by the Mahindra group, he said: “Great potential for Agniveers employment in the corporate sector. With leadership, teamwork and physical fitness, Agniveers provides market-ready professional solutions for the industry, covering the full spectrum from operations to administration and supply chain management.”

Agnipath’s scheme recruits young people aged 17.5 to 21 for just four years, with 25 percent of them retained for another 15 years. The government later raised the upper age limit for employment to 23 in 2022.

However, mass protests erupted in many states, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, as youths took to the streets to voice their displeasure at the scheme. According to the PTI report, a senior military official said that anyone involved in protests, arson and vandalism against the Agnipat scheme will not be allowed to join the three services under the new recruitment model.

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