Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra on Monday said that the Mahindra Group welcomed the opportunity to hire ‘Agniveers’ amid protests surrounding the Agnipath military scheme. Mahindra expressed his sadness about the violence surrounding the Agneepath scheme on Twitter, adding that the Mahindra Group was open to hiring ‘Agniveers,’ the individuals recruited under the new scheme.
When asked what roles will be given to ‘Agniveers,’ Mahindra added that there was “large potential for employment of Agniveers in the corporate sector. ”The Agnipath plan, which was unveiled on June 14, is for the recruitment of young people aged 17 and a half to 21 years old for four years with the potential of retaining 25% of them for 15 years. After four years, 75% of the recruits will be let go with a severance package worth around $12,000. They will not, however, earn any pension benefits. In 2022, the government raised the upper age limit for enlistment to 23 years.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared on Saturday that 10% of posts in his ministry will be reserved for ‘Agniveers.’ The 10% reservation would be adopted in all 16 defence PSUs, including Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), according to the Defence Ministry. The reservation for Agniveers is in addition to the existing quota for ex-servicemen. Top officials have ruled out any plans for a rollback of the scheme despite large-scale protests across the country.