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Ranchi joins protest against Agnipath recruitment scheme 

Ranchi, June 16: Protests erupted near the Army Recruitment Office near the Doranda Over Bridge along Main Road in Ranchi against the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme today, a day after the Centre announced the short-term recruitment plan to enlist young citizens into the armed forces.

It was getting 12 noon when the protestors assembled there for the demonstration. Though a prohibitory order under Sec 144 of the CrPC was already enforced there due to June 10 violence, protestors assembled shouting slogans against the Union government. 

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme is a pan-Indian merit-based recruitment scheme that enrols soldiers, airmen and sailors.  The scheme provides an opportunity for the youth to serve in the regular cadre of the armed forces.  All those selected will be called Agniveers.

he cadets will be recruited for 4 years of service duration including the training period.  After the 4 years, 25% of the Agniveers will be retained for the full term of 15 years.  The first 4 years will not be considered to give pensionary benefits.  75% of the soldiers who will retire in 4 years will be demobilized and exit with the Seva Nidhi package of INR 11-12 lakhs. It would be partly funded by the monthly contributions   The skill certificates and bank loans would help them in their second careers.

A protestor, who had qualified for a medical and physical test and was waiting for a written examination, said after all tests such an announcement had adversely affected his career plan.

“If selected under the scheme, I will not be fully motivated as I will not find my future secured. In case I retire after four years, it will be difficult for me to start my second career,” the protestor said.

Significantly, violent protests against the Agnipath scheme have been witnessed in Bihar and other states too. 

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