New Delhi: The Delhi High Court yesterday directed the Central Government to respond within 4 weeks regarding the petitions filed against the Agnipathi project.
On June 14, the central government introduced the Agnipatha scheme, where people between the ages of 17.5 to 21 years work for four years in the three forces. It has been announced that 25 percent of those selected for employment in this scheme will be given the opportunity to work for another 15 years.
Later, the maximum age limit for joining the scheme was increased from 21 to 23 to increase the opportunity for youth. The central government said that the soldiers joining this program will be called “Agniveer”.
Various organizations have petitioned the court against the Agnipadi scheme of serving in the army on contract basis.
The hearing on these petitions took place in the Delhi High Court yesterday. At that time, the judges ordered that the central government should get the response from the relevant ministries and submit it within 4 weeks to the petitions filed against the project. However, the court refused to stay the Agnipada project, which led to massive protests across the country in June.