Industry leaders, including Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka and Biocon Ltd Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Monday (June 20), came out in support of the Agnipath scheme, saying it has a large potential for employment of youth in the corporate sector.
Mahindra also expressed dismay over the violence against the scheme while asserting that the farm equipment to aerospace conglomerate welcomes the opportunity to recruit trained, capable and young people under the programme.
The Agnipath scheme, announced on June 14, provides for the recruitment of youths between the age bracket of 17-and-half years to 21 for only four years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years.
Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment in 2022. Protests have erupted in several states against the Centre’s scheme.
Expressing his opinion on the scheme, Mahindra said there is a large potential for employment of “Agniveers” in the corporate sector.
“Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the scheme was mooted last year I stated-& I repeat-the discipline & skills Agniveers gain will make them eminently employable,” Mahindra tweeted.
The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained and capable young people, he further said.
When asked by a Twitter user what post will be given by the Mahindra Group to Agniveers, he responded, “Large potential for employment of Agniveers in the Corporate Sector. With leadership, teamwork & physical training, Agniveers provide market-ready professional solutions to industry, covering the full spectrum from operations to administration & supply chain management.”
Responding to Mahindra’s tweet, Goenka said,”The RPG group, too, welcomes the opportunity to employ the Agniveers. I do hope other corporates will also join us to take this pledge and assure our youths of a future.”
Expressing similar views, Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted:”I firmly believe that Agniveers will have a distinct advantage in recruitment in the industrial job market.”
Apollo Hospitals Group, Joint Managing Director Sangita Reddy said in a tweet: “I firmly believe the discipline & skills that #Agniveers will gain will provide market-ready professional solutions for industry. I sincerely hope our industry supports recruiting such capable young people…”.
TVS Motor Company Managing Director Sudarshan Venu had on Friday said the Agnipath scheme will have a significant positive impact on society and contribute greatly to nation-building.
“Agniveers will play a key role in furthering economic growth and strengthening society in the coming years,” Venu had said in a statement.
Last week, stormy protests had rocked several states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana, while peaceful agitations were held in several places against the scheme.
The Indian Railways had endured the brunt of the violence. On Monday, more than 500 trains were cancelled due to the protests.
A number of opposition political parties and a significant number of military experts have also slammed the scheme saying it will adversely impact the functioning of the armed forces.
Under the scheme, 25 per cent of the recruits would be retained for regular service and others would retire without gratuity and pension benefits.
(With inputs from agencies)