People Burning Buses Unfit for Armed Forces: Former Army Chief

General VP Malik, the army chief who led India to victory during the Kargil War, today expressed support for the Agnipath scheme and said the Army is not interested in recruiting hooligans responsible for the violence taking place during protests against the plan. short-term recruitment.

Violence was reported in five states – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and the national capital Delhi – throughout the day as protests by army hopefuls escalated. Trains were set on fire, rail and road traffic disrupted, bus windows smashed and passersby, including a BJP MLA, stoned by angry youths demanding a withdrawal from the new short-term recruitment scheme.

“We have to understand that the Armed Forces are a voluntary force. It is not a welfare organization and it has to have the best people who can fight for the country, who can defend the country,” General Malik told NDTV in an exclusive interview today. “These people who have given themselves over to Goondaism, burning trains and buses, are not the people we would like to have in the military,” he added.

He did, however, admit that there were a number of candidates who were unable to “complete the test when we suspended recruitment”.

“Some of these people will now be of legal age. They will not be eligible for the Agnipath scheme. So their anxiety and frustration I can understand,” he said.

The prime minister’s choice for side conversations during the protests over the “One Rank One Pension” scheme seven years ago, General Malik indicated that army aspirants should not have anxiety about jobs as the government secured side entry into the police and in the paramilitaries. .

“A larger number will be introduced into the private sector,” although a job cannot be guaranteed now, he added.

General Malik said in his opinion, the scheme has many positives. “Concerns will be analyzed as the scheme is implemented.”

Asked whether it would be a problem for people trained to handle high-tech systems to leave in four years, General Malik said the emphasis is on recruiting people who are “more educated and tech-savvy.”

With NDTV inputs

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