'Agnipath' scheme: SC to examine next week pleas..

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to list petitions against the Central government's Agnipath initiative to induct youth into the three armed services divisions next week, subject to the Chief Justice's assent.

Before a vacation bench made up of Justices J.K. Maheshwari and Indira Banerjee, a lawyer raised the petition. The attorney for the potential members of the armed services requested an urgent hearing and stated that the scheme shouldn't be applied to individuals who are already going through the selection process. 

She added that the situation required immediate attention because several aspirants' careers were on the line, and she highlighted the fact that if the plan is implemented, the aspirants' tenure will be reduced from 20 years to 4 years. The attorney claimed that despite numerous mentions, the register had not provided a specific date and he pleaded with the top court to do so.

Advocate  M.L. Sharma brought up his petition asking the Supreme Court to order the Ministry of Defense to revoke the notification it had issued on June 14, 2022, announcing the programme. The government can implement any programme,  but it all comes down to right and wrong, he said. More than 70,000 people are still waiting for appointment letters, he added. The vacation bench declared after hearing the arguments, "List it before the appropriate bench after reopening."

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