The move comes in the wake of escalating protests that have simmered through different states amid anger among aspirants about uncertainty regarding their future once the four-year tenure in the armed forces is over.
Protesters torched trains and blocked highways as they seethe against the Agnipath scheme even as the Centre and military chiefs came out and addressed the misconceptions around the recruitment drive.
The Centre had already relaxed the upper age limit for this year by two years to 23 years for recruitment in 2022.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers,” the Home Minister’s Office said in a tweet.
The MHA also announced age relaxation for ‘Agniveers’ for recruitment in the CAPFs and Assam Rifles.
In its second tweet, the Home Minister’s Office said, “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.”
Along with the reservation, the Centre is exploring ways to help the Agniveers gain skills that will help them in future prospects once their stint with armed forces ends.
According to a report in Economic Times, officials from armed forces and education and skills ministry are discussing ways to enhance skillsets of Agniveers.
In the first round of discussions, aviation, shipping and automotive-related skilling courses have been identified as key areas.
It is also proposed that the skills Agniveers may have acquired in service will be given academic credits that can help acquire further national certifications that will help in landing them jobs, attuned to industry needs.
(With inputs from agencies and ET bureau)