Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated first batch of Agniveers on being the pioneers of the Agnipath scheme, asserting that it is a transformative policy and a game changer in strengthening the armed forces and making them future-ready. Virtually addressing the new recruits, he said this “path-breaking” scheme will further empower women.
According to an official statement, the prime minister said the young Agniveers will make the armed forces more youthful and tech-savvy. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called the Agnipath scheme one of the “most important and unprecedented reforms” in the armed forces. Addressing the Agniveers, the prime minister said technologically-advanced soldiers will play a “key role” in our armed forces, and added that the current generation of youth especially has this potential and Agniveers will play a leading role in the forces in the times to come.
The prime minister said “new India” is filled with renewed vigour and efforts are underway to modernise the armed forces and make them ‘aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant). “In the 21st century, the way wars are fought is changing,” he said, speaking about the new fronts of contactless warfare and challenges of cyber warfare.