Agnipath Scheme Protest Live: Protests against the government’s army recruitment scheme “Agnipath” have continued unabated. Various state governments have tightened security in preparation for the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by the aspirants to the armed forces. The Center also defended the program, explaining that recruits, or “Agniveers”, who retire after four years will receive financial assistance. Additionally, in a nod to protesters’ concerns, the government has relaxed the upper age limit from 21 to 23.

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How Corporte India reads the Agnipath schema

The Tata Sons chairman joined other industry leaders such as Anand Mahindra, Harsh Goenka, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Sangita Reddy who spoke in support of the scheme.

How the opposition has reacted so far

Several opposition parties, as well as some military veterans, have criticized the program. They say the four-year term will knock out soldiers’ fighting spirit and make them risk averse.

Wide registration schedule as part of the “Agnipath” scheme

The three Army services released a broad schedule for registration under the “Agnipath” program on Sunday and warned that those who engage in violence and arson will not be inducted. The army said the induction of soldiers under the “Agnipath” program will begin next month.

A clear message from the establishment

Aligarh cops out bulldozers for flag march

PM Modi to meet defense service chiefs today amid protests over Agnipath scheme

  • The three department heads will meet the Prime Minister separately. Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar will meet Prime Minister Modi first, sources say.
  • The three defense services have already issued notifications to begin recruiting Agniveers under the new military program.

Everyone has the right to protest, but the opposition is trying hard to defame Modi’s government, says MoS Defense

  • Everyone has the right to protest, but the opposition is trying hard to defame Modi’s government, says MoS Defense
  • While countering perceptions about the short-term recruitment of soldiers, Union Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt Bhatt said the move was made to protect the country.

PM Modi on reforms

  • Reforms are not nice now, will help in the long run
  • He observed that India in the 21st century belongs to wealth and job creators and innovators, who are the real strength of the country.

Three service chiefs likely to appeal to PM Modi

The three service chiefs will likely call Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately to brief him on the Agnipath program as well as their implementation plan.

Bihar police hunt for training center owner who incited students to protest

Police are looking for a Guru Rahman, owner of a coaching center in Patna, Bihar, for inciting students to stage violent protests against the Agnipath programme. An FIR has been registered against Rahman at Danapur Police Station.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha will hold a nationwide protest on June 24

  • Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced his decision to join the anti-Agnipath protests and called for a nationwide protest on June 24.
  • Union leader Rakesh Tikait, after a meeting with SKM leaders in Karnal, Haryana, said the union would organize protests against the Agnipath scheme.

More than 600 trains had been canceled on Monday due to Bharat Bandh’s appeal in some parts of the country over the centre’s ‘Agnipath’ programme.

Over 900 arrested in Bihar so far for vandalism, arson: Police

More than 900 people have so far been arrested in Bihar on charges of vandalism and arson during the ongoing protest against the Centre’s new ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme,