Several states across India, including Bihar and Telangana, have witnessed massive protests against the government’s plan to hire troops on permanent rather than permanent contracts.
The new Agnipath scheme is aimed at people between the ages of 17.5 and 21. Successful candidates will join the armed forces in four years, after which only a quarter of them will be detained.
Protesters say the plan to hire temporary troops will reduce their chances of getting the desired permanent military work, which guarantees fixed salaries and pensions.
The government says the reforms will reduce unemployment and military spending, and promises to create hundreds of thousands of other jobs for young people in India.