- The development comes amid protests against the Agnipath scheme.
- The age relaxation will be for 5 years for first batch of Agniveers
- There will also be an age relaxation of 3 years beyond the upper age limit
New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday announced a 10% reservation for Agniveers, youngsters who will be recruited to the military for four years through the Agnipath scheme, in the recruitment of CAPFs and Assam Rifles once they complete their four-year contract.
The Union home ministry has also decided to give three years of age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles, while the first batch of Agniveer will get a relaxation of 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit, the home ministry said.
Several BJP-ruled states including Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana have already announced that they will give priority to Agniveers in their state police recruitment. Concerns have been raised over the future of the Agniveers as Centre’s Agnipath offers employment only for four years.