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Worked on 'Agnipath' scheme for more than a year, didn't anticipate protests: Navy chief

Says protests happening due to misinformation and misunderstanding

r hari kumar navy pti Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar | PTI

Amid raging protests across the nation against the newly-introduced 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment of soldiers in the Army, Navy and the Air Force on a short-term contractual basis for four years, Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar said the agitations are happening because of misinformation and misunderstanding about the scheme.

According to news agency ANI, Admiral Hari Kumar, who had hailed it a "visionary" move that will improve the "effectiveness and efficiency" of India's naval prowess, said he did not expect such protests against the decision.

He called the 'Agnipath' scheme the “single biggest human resources management transformation in Indian military” and said, “Protests are happening due to misinformation & misunderstanding of the scheme.”

Admiral Hari Kumar said they worked on the scheme for almost 16 months.

The Centre had, on Tuesday, unveiled the ambitious Agnipath scheme for the recruitment of youths aged between 17-and-a-half and 21 in Army, Navy and Air Force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis.


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