Industry leaders including Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka and Biocon Ltd Chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw spoke in favor of the Agnipath program on Monday, saying that has great potential for youth employment in the business sector.
Mahindra also expressed dismay at the violence against the program while saying the agricultural equipment and aerospace conglomerate welcomes the opportunity to recruit trained, capable young people into the program.
The Agnipath program, announced on June 14, plans to recruit young people aged 17½ to 21 for just four years, with a provision to retain 25% of them for an additional 15 years.
Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 for recruitment in 2022. Protests erupted in several states against the Center’s scheme.
Expressing his opinion on the scheme, Mahindra said there is great employment potential for ‘Agniveers’ in the corporate sector.
“Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the program was brought up last year, I said – and I will say it again – that the discipline and skills acquired by Agniveers will make them eminently employable,” tweeted Mahindra.
The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained and capable young people, he added.
When asked by a Twitter user what position would be awarded by the Mahindra Group to Agniveers, he replied: “Great job potential for Agniveers in the corporate sector. With leadership, teamwork and l fitness, Agniveers provides professional, market-ready solutions to the industry, spanning the spectrum from operations to administration and supply chain management.”
Responding to Mahindra’s tweet, Goenka said, “RPG Group also welcomes the opportunity to employ the Agniveers. I hope other companies will also join us in making this commitment and ensuring our young people a coming.”
Expressing similar views, Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted, “I strongly believe that Agniveers will have a clear recruiting advantage in the industrial job market.”
Apollo Hospitals Group Co-Chief Executive Officer Sangita Reddy said in a tweet: “I strongly believe that the discipline and skills that #Agniveers will learn will provide the market-ready 4R sol prof industry. I hope sincerely that the industry will support the recruitment of such capable young people…”
General Manager of TVS Motor Company Sudarshan Venu said on Friday that the “Agnipath” program will have a significant positive impact on society and contribute greatly to nation building.
“Agniveers will play a key role in continuing economic growth and strengthening society in the years to come,” Venu said in a statement.
Last week, heated protests rocked several states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana, while peaceful agitations were held in several places against the regime.
Indian Railways had borne the brunt of the violence. On Monday, more than 500 trains were canceled due to the protests.
A number of opposition political parties and a significant number of military experts also criticized the project, saying it would have a negative impact on the functioning of the armed forces.
Under this program, 25% of recruits would be retained for regular service and the rest would retire without gratuity or pension.
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