The Centre’s move to raise the age restriction for Agniveers, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, will assist a significant number of young people in the country.
Officials said the Agniveers will have to be retrained when they join because the paramilitary forces are primarily used for civilian purposes.
Agniveers will be given a three-year age relaxation above the specified upper age limit for enlistment into paramilitary forces and the Assam Rifles, according to the home ministry. According to Aimt Shah’s Twitter account, the age relaxation for the first batch of Agniveers will be for five years over the prescribed maximum age restriction.
Retired Major General Rajesh Arya, who welcomed the action, said it will improve the general level of personnel in the paramilitary forces. Overall an attempt to put down the Agnipath armed forces recruitment plan protests.
The decision to reserve 10% of seats in paramilitary forces or CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces) and the Assam Rifles will provide some promise of a “permanent job” to the young people who have been aggressively protesting the “Agnipath” plan across the country for the previous two days.