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Opposition creating controversy on Agnipath by provoking people: VK Singh

Union minister and former Army chief General VK Singh (retd) accused opposition parties of creating a controversy over the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the defence forces by provoking people

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Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Jan Adhikar Party supporters stage a protest against the Agnipath scheme, at Kargil crossing in Patna (Photo: PTI)
Jan Adhikar Party supporters stage a protest against the Agnipath scheme, at Kargil crossing in Patna (Photo: PTI)

Union minister and former Army chief General V K Singh (retd) on Friday accused the of creating a controversy over the Centre's Agnipath scheme for short-term recruitment in the defence forces by "provoking" people.

Since the Opposition has nothing else to do, it is stoking a controversy over the scheme even before its implementation has started, he alleged.

Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport over the violent protests and opposition to the new recruitment scheme, he said, "There is no controversy in the scheme, but a controversy is being created by the opposition, which has nothing else to do. They are being surrounded by the ED..."

"People are being told wrong things and being provoked. Where is the controversy when the scheme is yet to get started?" he added.

The minister said the Army has never been a large-scale provider of jobs.

"People get jobs in Army and other forces after fulfilling certain conditions, wherein a lot of things have to be done. If they (Agniveers) perform well, then 25 per cent of them will be retained in the service. Besides, the remaining will get a good financial package. States like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh as well as the Home ministry have assured to give priority in the forces," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, June 17 2022. 15:54 IST