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Agnipath: Tri-services explain new recruitment scheme as states witness comparative lull after stormy protests

Earlier today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting at his residence with the tri-service chiefs and discussed the rollout of the scheme and ways to pacify agitators. This is the second such meeting called by Rajnath Singh in two days.

Paras Bisht Edited by: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: June 20, 2022 0:37 IST
Vehicles after they were set on fire by protestors during
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Vehicles after they were set on fire by protestors during the Bihar Bandh, called to protest against Centres Agnipath scheme, in Masaurhi, Bihar. 

Agnipath scheme protest: With the government standing its ground on the contentious 'Agnipath' scheme for short-term recruitment in the armed forces, the three services of the military on Sunday came out with a broad schedule of enrolment under the new policy and warned those who indulged in violence and arson will not be inducted. There was a comparative lull after the stormy protests which rocked several states during the past four days including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana, while peaceful agitations were held in several places. However, the Indian Railway, which endured the brunt of the violence, cancelled 483 train on Sunday due to protests. As many as 35 WhatsApp groups that were allegedly spreading fake news about the scheme were banned by the government, officials said. In a stern warning to those indulging in destructive protests over the scheme, Lt Gen Anil Puri, additional secretary in the Department of Military Affairs, said youths who were involved in arson and violence will not be able to join the three services as a police verification process will be carried out before enrolling anyone. He also said the aspirants will have to pledge they were not part of protests or incidents of arson.

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  • 7:15 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 4:18 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 4:18 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 4:14 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 3:27 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 2:49 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 2:38 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:19 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 1:18 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:26 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:26 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:25 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:15 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:14 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:12 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:12 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:11 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

    AAP MP writes to Defence Minister, seeks immediate rollback of scheme

     

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  • 12:11 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 12:05 PM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 11:50 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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  • 11:38 AM (IST) Posted by Paras Bisht

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