The Union Home Ministry has announced 10 per cent reservation for former Agniveers in vacancies in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a week after it notified a similar quota for them in the Border Security Force (BSF).
The ministry also notified relaxation in the upper age limit depending on whether they are part of the first batch or subsequent batches of Agniveers. The announcement was made through a notification after amending the rules made under the Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968, (50 of 1968). "Ten per cent of the vacancies shall be reserved for ex-Agniveers," the notification said.
The upper age limit shall be relaxable up to five years for candidates of the first batch of former Agniveers and up to three years for candidates of other batches, the ministry said. Ex-Agniveers will also be exempted from the physical efficiency test, the notification said.
Earlier, the ministry announced a 10 per cent reservation for ex-Agniveers in vacancies within the BSF as well as relaxed the upper age-limit norms depending on whether they are part of the first batch or subsequent batches. The move comes after the scheme that provides for recruitment of youths aged between 17-and-a-half years and 21 years in the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis, attracted criticism.
At that time, the home ministry had announced that 10 per cent vacancies in central paramilitary forces and Assam Rifles shall be reserved for demobilised 75 per cent Agniveers. It had also announced that the upper age limit was also relaxed for the first batch of ex-Agniveers by up to five years and for the subsequent batches for three years. In addition, the ex-Agniveers would be exempted from the physical proficiency test.
The specified age limit for recruitment to paramilitary forces is 18-23 years. Those who join the armed forces even at the upper age limit of 21 years under the Agnipath scheme can be recruited by the CISF till the age of 30 after four years of service in the Army, the Air Force or the Navy in the case of the first batch and till 28 years for the subsequent batches.
The home ministry's decision for the absorption of Agniveers into paramilitary forces is significant as it will help the former Agniveers get employment opportunities till the age of retirement. The paramilitary forces will also be benefitted as they will get a trained pool of personnel to fill up over 84,800 vacancies.
(With inputs from PTI)