As protests against the Center’s new military recruitment policy spread across the country, military officials said applicants for Agnipat schemes must pledge that they have not taken part in any arson or agitation against the scheme.
“The basis of the Indian army is discipline. There is no place for arson and vandalism. Each person applying for the Agnipath program will be required to provide a certificate stating that they have not been involved in protests or acts of vandalism. Police verification is 100 percent necessary and no one can join without it,” Lt. Gen. Anil Puri, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Military Affairs, told a press conference.
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He added: “If there is FIR filed against them, they cannot join… They (applicants) will be asked to write on the registration form that they were not involved in the arson and they will be checked by the police.”
The announcement came as a Defense Department briefing on Sunday addressed issues related to a new military recruitment scheme and explained why the country needed the policy to enlist en masse in the armed forces.
“We had long discussions about how to keep our forces young. We also studied foreign forces. We need young people. Young people love risk, they have passion. In them Josh as well as hosh are in equal proportions,” said Lieutenant General Puri.
Lieutenant General K. Bansi Ponnappa said that the draft rallies would begin in the first half of August, with the first batch of Agnivers arriving by the first week of December. The second batch will be in February. The senior officer said the army would hold 83 draft rallies and touch “every village” in the country. For the fleet, the first batch of Agnivers will arrive at the INS Chilka base in Odisha for training by November 21st.
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By December of this year, the Air Force will enroll the first batch of Agnivers, and training will begin in the same month.