“Didn’t Anticipate,” Says Navy Chief As Violence Spreads Over Centre’s Agnipath Scheme

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Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar stated in a video posted by ANI that he worked on the Agnipath project for over a year and a half.

New Delhi: While the government desperately seeks to appease protesters by listing the benefits of the ‘transformational’ new recruiting plan for the armed forces, Agnipath, Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, has defended it, stating that he did not expect such a backlash. During significant violent demonstrations by Army aspirants, the Navy Chief today referred to it as “the single biggest human resources management revolution in the Indian military.”

Admiral Kumar stated in a video aired by news agency ANI that he worked on the Agnipath project for over a year and a half.

“I was a member of the scheme’s planning team and worked on it for a year and a half. It’s a game-changing plan. It will significantly alter the armed forces,” he stated to ANI.

He stated that the initiative benefits the country and the youth by providing additional chances. “I believe the protests are occurring due to misinformation and misunderstanding of the concept,” he continued.

Whereas before, just one individual was allowed to serve in the military forces, he believes four people will now be given the option. Concerning the subject of a shorter period of duty, he stated that it has “many benefits,” as Agniveers will be able to choose whether to pursue a career in the armed services or take on another vocation.

A 19-year-old man was killed in Secunderabad, Telangana. Many others were injured across the state when enraged mobs set fire to trains and battled with police over the new military recruiting policy. The administration has supported the initiative as “transformative.”

Several states have seen violent protests in response to the new system, including Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh.

The internet has been shut off in 12 districts throughout Bihar. According to the administration, the misuse of social networking sites is likely to harm the interests of peace in these 12 districts.

According to the Railways, at least 12 trains have been set on fire, and over 300 others have been disrupted – 214 cancelled, 11 diverted, and 90 did not arrive at their destinations – since the protests began on Wednesday.

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