Home Ministry offers quota and age relief in CAPFs for Agniveers, a move to quell the aggressive protests

Bubaneswar:The Ministry of Home Affairs has come up with a set of add-ons in the Agnipath scheme to assuage the ongoing violent demonstrations across the country in the protest against the new military recruitment method of the Modi government.

The Home Ministry, on Saturday, announced 10 percent reservation and 3-year upper age relief in CAPFs and Assam Rifles, for the Agniveers-the recruits under Agnipath, released after completing the 4- year term.

The Home Minister’s Office tweets,“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers, completing four years under the Agnipath Scheme announced by the Government of India, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”.

“The MHA also decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs & Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”


Agnipath, the newly introduced short-term service scheme in the armed force, is drawing heavy protest across the country.

The government claims it to be a reformative step in updating India’s military force for future encounters. But, the four-year term provision in the scheme has become a subject of contentious debate in India, leading to vandalism and arson in several cities.

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Fear of career- uncertainty after retirement in just four years is being said the factor behind the protest.

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