In the wake of massive protests against the Agnipath scheme, Today, Centre announced 10 per cent reservation for Agniveers in the recruitment of Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles. The MHA also announced age relaxation for ‘Agniveers’ for recruitment in the CAPFs and Assam Rifles. MHA decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs & Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”
Currently, over 73,000 posts are vacant in five wings of the paramilitary forces – Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Shastra Seema Bal (SSB), and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). As many as 73,219 posts are vacant in CAPFs and Assam Rifles, suggests Union Home ministry data. Besides, 18,124 posts are also vacant in police forces in Union Territories. The 10-lakh-strong CAPF is one of the largest employment generating agencies under the home ministry.