As protests against the Union Defence Ministry's new Agnipath scheme grip the nation, demonstrations escalated across at least 11 states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Assam on Friday, 17 June.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, on Saturday, 18 June announced 10 percent reservation for Agniveers in the recruitment for the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles vacancies.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also approved a proposal to reserve 10 percent of the job vacancies for ‘Agniveers’ in the Ministry of Defence, Indian Coast Guard, defence civilian posts, and all the 16 defence public sector undertakings.
The state government of Bihar stops internet and telephone mobile services in 12 districts.
One person killed amid the violence in Telangana's Secunderabad, while several others reportedly injured.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds meeting with the service chiefs in Delhi.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi appeals to protesters to agitate peacefully.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approves 10 percent reservation for Agniveers in the Ministry of Defence jobs.
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Rajasthan Govt Passes Resolution Seeking Withdrawal of Agnipath Scheme
"The State Council of Ministers unanimously passed a resolution that the Agnipath Scheme must be withdrawn keeping in mind the larger public interest and the sentiments of the youths", a notice shared by the Rajasthan Government read.
TN CM Stalin Demands Rollback of Agnipath
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin demanded a rollback of the Agnipath scheme.
620 People Arrested in Bihar
Around 620 people have been arrested and 130 FIRs have been registered in Bihar so far, Sanjay Singh ADG, Law & Order told ANI.