Defense Minister Rajnat Singh on Saturday approved a proposal to keep 10 per cent of the vacancies in the Ministry of Defense for Agnivieri, which meet the necessary eligibility criteria.
Approval of the proposal comes amid growing protests against the Agnipat defense recruitment scheme, which was announced on Tuesday.
“The 10 per cent reservation will be applied to the Indian Coast Guard and civilian defense posts and all 16 companies in the public defense sector,” Singh’s office said.
It says this reserve will be in addition to the existing quota for ex-servicemen.
“The necessary amendments to the relevant recruitment rules will be made to implement these provisions,” the Defense Minister’s Office tweeted.
“Public defense companies will be advised to make similar changes to their respective recruitment rules. The necessary provision for age relaxation will also be made, “it said.
Approval of the proposal came shortly after Singh met with senior army, navy and air force officials on the overall situation following the announcement of the Agnipath conscription scheme.
In a bid to reassure protesters, the government on Thursday night raised the Agnipat recruiting age limit to 23 from 21 for 2022.
Revealing the scheme on Tuesday, the government said young people between the ages of 17 and a half and 21 would be introduced for a four-year term, while 25 per cent of them would subsequently be accepted into the regular service.
The young people who will be hired under the new scheme will be called “Agniveer”. The main goal of the scheme is to reduce the average age of servicemen and reduce rising salaries and pensions.
The announcement of the new scheme came amid conscription, which has stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic for more than two years.