Sporadic protests continued across the country on Tuesday (June 21) against the Agnipath short-term military recruitment scheme despite concessions and assurances by the government, military forces and even private companies.
The heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. According to media reports, the trio briefed him about the scheme, and how they plan to implement it.
The Army had on Monday issued a notification for induction of soldiers under the Agnipath military recruitment scheme. It said the online registration on the forces recruitment website is mandatory for all the job aspirants under the new model. It added that the online registration would commence in July.
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The past few days have seen protests across India against the new scheme. Security was raised in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana and West Bengal amid apprehensions of violence from the protesters.
The forces have said that the scheme will not be rolled back. Youths who took part in the protest and having FIRs against them would not be selected in the scheme which will begin recruiting its members by this month and will see recruits joining the forces by November-December.
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