Defence Ministry Consultative Panel to meet on Agnipath on July 8

NEW DELHI: The Defense Ministry's Consultative Committee will meet to review the new recruitment programme Agnipath on Friday.

This meeting is intended to discuss the new recruiting programme in detail before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, and the ministry will brief the members of parliament on it there. Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, will preside over the meeting. There are 20 members of parliament in the committee: 13 from the Lok Sabha and 7 from the Rajya Sabha.

The monsoon session, which is set to begin on July 18, is expected to feature heat discussion on the hiring process.

The Agniath Army recruitment scheme for Indian youth has however met with an unprecedented spate of agitation and protest in several states across India.

The Cabinet Committee on Security approved the Agnipath Army Recruitment Scheme last month. According to the scheme, 46,000 troops between the ages of 17 and 21 will be hired into the three services on a contract basis for a period of four years.

After the protest, the Agnipath scheme's upper age limit for recruitment for the year 2022 was increased from 21 to 23 years old. Later, Rajnath Singh, the minister of defence, also declared a 10% reservation for veterans in the Defense Ministry.

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