New Delhi, June 19: Amidst the ongoing ruckus in the country, the Defense Ministry spoke openly to the media on the Agneepath recruitment scheme. On the doubts spread about the plan, the ministry gave its point of view. Lt Gen Arun Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, said that every year around 17,600 people are taking premature retirement from the three services. No one ever tried to ask him what he would do after retirement.
Lt Gen Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs on the Agneepath plan, told the media that the reform was long overdue. We want to bring youth and experience with this reform. Today a large number of jawans are in their 30s and officers are getting the command much later than before.
He said that ‘Agniwar’ will get the same allowance in areas like Siachen and other areas as is applicable to the regular soldiers currently serving. No discrimination against them in terms of service. Agnivar, who laid down his life in the service of the country, would get a compensation of one crore rupees.