NEW DELHI: India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval said the world is headed to contactless wars which would be fought with technology and soldiers adept at such battles as demonstrations continued in the country over the newly-announced military recruitment scheme for youngsters.
Supporting the new “Agnipath” (literally meaning ‘Path of Fire) scheme for recruitment into Army, Air Force and Navy, the top advisor in the Narendra Modi government said technology is taking over at a rapid pace and the country needs to prepare for future, according to a news report.
“The whole war is undergoing a great change. We are going toward contactless wars and also going contactless wars and also going towards the war against the invisible enemy. Technology is taking over at a rapid pace. If we have to prepare for tomorrow, then we have to change,” Doval said.
Noting that security is a “dynamic concept”, he said it is only in relation with the environment in which India has to protect its national interest and national assets.
“The whole war is undergoing a great change. We are going toward contactless wars, and also going towards the war against the invisible enemy. Technology is taking over at a rapid pace. If we have to prepare for tomorrow, then we have to change,” Doval said, according to the report.
“There is a need to look at the Agnipath Scheme in a perspective that it is not a standalone scheme in itself. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, one of his prime priorities was how to make India secure and strong. That required many avenues, many steps – multitude of them,” he said.
He advocated for modernization of the government, the military infrastructure and noted that for all such changes in system and structure a change in technology is a prerequisite.
India has witnessed violent protests in various parts of the country since the announcement of the Agnipath scheme on June 14.
As per the initiative, aspirants aged between 17.5 years and 21 years will be recruited as “Agniveers” into the tri-services on a four-year contract who would get a salary in the Rs 30,000- Rs 40,000 bracket and a lump sum of over Rs 12 lakh at retirement.
Also, 25% of the Agniveers will be retained for a longer service terms. However, Agniveers will not be entitled to pension or other benefits like regular soldiers.
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