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Rajnath Singh asks youth to begin prepration for joining Army through Agnipath scheme

Rajnath Singh, who arrived at Srinagar on Thursday on two days tour of Jammu and Kashmir, described the scheme a ‘golden opportunity’ to join the nation’s defence services and to serve the country. Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing one time age relaxation for the first batch to be recruited through the scheme.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

Amidst violent incidents spreading to several states against the newly announced Agnipath scheme, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said recruitment into the military through the Agnipath scheme will begin soon and he advised the aspirants to begin their preparations.

Rajnath Singh, who arrived at Srinagar on Thursday on two days tour of Jammu and Kashmir, described the scheme a ‘golden opportunity’ to join the nation’s defence services and to serve the country. Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing one time age relaxation for the first batch to be recruited through the scheme.

He said; ​“The Government has announced a onetime upper age limit relaxation for the recruitment process through Agnipath scheme for 2022 to 23 years.  The relaxation of age indicates that the Government cares for our youth. Department of Military Affairs, MoD and Services are committed to commence the recruitment process at the earliest, we invite youth of our country to join Indian Armed Forces and serve the Nation through Agnipath.”

“Agnipath is a golden opportunity for the youth to join the defence services and serve the country. As the recruitment was stalled for the last two years, many were deprived of the opportunity to join the army,” Singh tweeted.

“Therefore, keeping in mind the future of the youth, on the instructions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has increased the age limit for the recruitment of Agniveers from 21 years to 23 years this time. This one time relaxation has been given. This will entitle a lot of youth to become Agniveer,” said the Defence minister in a series of tweets.

“I heartily thank the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his concern and sensitivity towards the future of the youth. I appeal to the youth that the process of recruitment in the army is going to start in few days. They must start their preparation for it,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.