“Saddened By Violence”: Anand Mahindra Promises Reservation To Agniveers In His Company

Anand Mahindra


New Delhi: Amid widespread agitation against the center’s new military recruitment policy, ‘Agnipath’, Mahindra group chairman,  Anand Mahindra has expressed grief on the violence and highlighted that the discipline and skills of Agniveers would make them “eminently employable.”

Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the scheme was mooted last year I stated-& I repeat-the discipline & skills Agniveers gain will make them eminently employable. The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained, capable young people” he tweeted.

When a netizen questioned Mr. Mahindra,  about what positions Mahindra will hire Agniveers in, the industrialist replied, “Large potential for employment of Agniveers in the Corporate Sector. With leadership, teamwork & physical training, Agniveer provides market-ready professional solutions to industry , covering the full spectrum from operations to administration & supply chain management, Mahindra added.

Massive protests have broken out across the country after the center announced the new scheme under which military aspirants in the 17.5 to 21 years age bracket will be inducted for four years.

After four years, 75 percent of the recruits will have to compulsorily retire with  a sum of around  ₹ 12 lakh but no pension benefits. The 25 percent of recruits retained will be retained for a 15-year tenure and included in regular armed forces.

Military Veterans have argued that the four-year term may make soldiers risk-averse, and protesters have cited uncertainty on what they would do after the tenure ends.

Meanwhile, a Congress delegation is set to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday, to raise issues with the new military recruitment scheme and demand the scheme’s  rollback.

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