In the midst of widespread protests in several states over the new Agnipath scheme, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande said on Friday, June 17 that the government’s decision to raise the upper age limit will benefit young people who were planning to join the armed forces but were unable to do so in the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amit Shah, the Indian Home Minister, and Indian Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari praised the government’s one-time easing of the scheme.
“For the recruitment cycle of 2022, the army commander has obtained the government’s decision to provide a one-time dispensation, increasing the entry age of recruitment to 23 years,” the army chief said in a statement.
The schedule for the recruitment process will be released in a few days, according to General Pande.
The Centre raised the upper age limit for recruitment into the armed forces under the Agnipath plan from 21 to 23 for 2022, following complaints in several states.
Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that the Centre’s decision to raise the upper age restriction for the Agnipath scheme for recruitment into the defence services will assist a huge number of young people.
“Because the Army’s recruitment process has been hampered for the past two years by the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji has taken a sensitive decision, showing concern for the youth, to grant them a two-year age concession from 21 to 23 years in the first year of the Agnipath scheme,” Shah said.
In addition, India Air Force Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari declared that the Indian Air Force’s recruitment procedure will commence on June 24.
“The government has launched the Agnipath initiative, which would allow young people to join the military. We are pleased to announce that the upper age limit for the first recruiting has been raised to 23 years. It will be beneficial to the youth “he stated
On Friday, the IAF chief will visit six advanced bases, where he will brief the troops on the scheme’s parameters.