New Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Tuesday stated ‘Agnipath’ is a good scheme which was arrived at after “in depth deliberations” and “in depth research” of how different army forces have structured their manpower. He stated this in an interplay on the dais after delivering a keynote handle at an occasion right here on ‘India’s Naval Revolution: Changing into an Ocean Energy’. The thought received originated round mid-2020, “and it took round two years to deliver it to fruition and to execution,” he stated.
“It is an ideal scheme, and I really feel it is long-awaited and will have been completed many a few years again,” he stated in response to a query on the Agnipath scheme from the host through the interplay. Admiral Kumar stated there’s a suggestion within the Kargil assessment committee report that the age profile of the armed forces must be introduced down. The common age profile at the moment was 32 years, and so they stated it ought to be introduced right down to about 25-26 years.
“Since then the armed forces have been taking a look at varied choices on methods to deliver it down. However, this was one of many schemes which had been arrived at after in depth deliberations and in depth research of what’s occurring on the planet, how varied different army forces have structured their manpower and so forth,” he stated. The Agnipath scheme, introduced on June 14, offers for the recruitment of youths between the age bracket of 17-and-half years to 21 for under 4 years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 extra years. Later, the federal government prolonged the higher age restrict to 23 years for recruitment in 2022.
Widespread protests had damaged out in varied elements of the nation after the federal government had introduced the scheme. The Navy chief additionally stated that every letter within the phrase Agnipath symbolises varied concepts. So, ‘G’ stands for the growth-oriented scheme, ‘N’ for nation constructing, ‘I’ for integration, ‘P’ for patriotism, ‘A’ for ‘atmanirbhar’ and so forth, he stated.