Agneepath plan: All three army chiefs meet PM Modi, discuss Agneepath plan
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi held separate meetings with the heads of the three wings of the army today. The Agneepath project was discussed in the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence. A meeting has been held with Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Chief of the Navy Admiral R Hari Kumar and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary.
First of all, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar reached PM Modi’s residence. After the meeting with the Navy Chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary called on the Chief of the Air Staff and finally Chief of the Army Staff Manoj Pandey called on the Prime Minister. One after one meeting was held on the basis of seniority. Admiral Hari Kumar is the senior most of the three service chiefs. General Pandey is at number three. PM Modi met the three army chiefs separately for 30 minutes.
Agneepath Army Recruitment Scheme was announced on June 14, after which youths in many states of the country protested against it. The mob turned violent at many places and the train was set on fire.
Before the meeting of PM Modi, the three branches of the Army, Air Force and Navy held a joint press conference on the Agneepath project and the recruitment process of firefighters. Meanwhile, officials said the Army is not for jobs but for passion.
Amid concerns over the recruitment process, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, Lt Gen Anil Puri said there would be no change in the recruitment process and the traditional regimental system in the Army would remain the same.
Puri told an army press conference that the plan was the result of long-running deliberations within the three services and the defense ministry, apart from discussions between several government departments. “This is a much-needed reform,” he said.