New Delhi, June 22 (Representative) The plastic Industry in India has assured to accommodate at least 1 lakh Agniveers after their exit from the Agnipath scheme which has been into the centre of controversy right after its announcement. Plastindia Foundation, the apex body of all plastics association in India representing the industry, announced on Wednesday that the plastics industry can accommodate 1 lakh Agniveers once they complete their 4 years term with the Indian Army. The industry specified that it “whole heartedly” supports the Union Government’s Agnipath scheme.
However, the industry officials said that the work will be assigned to Agniveers according to their interest and eligibility. “They can work as Security In-charge or work in different departments like stores, maintenance, production, office etc,” an official informed. The official also said that skill training will be provided to those who want to pursue career into plastic production. Jigish Doshi, President, Plastindia Foundation, said: “The industry today comprises more than 50,000 processing units. The Indian plastics industry is growing at a rapid pace with the production and consumption increasing many fold in the last 3 decades. The vibrant industry needs young and dynamic workforce to drive growth. We are delighted to announce that we can induct at least 1 lakh Agniveers in the industry.”
“The industry already employs over 4 million people directly and 40 million people indirectly across the country. However, the demand for manpower is increasing in this high growth industry. We are confident that Agniveers will help take the industry to greater heights,” he added. A countrywide protest and agitations are being carried out by aspirants and the opposition parties against the Agnipath scheme with a unified demand of its rollback. Announced on June 14, the Agnipath scheme provides for the recruitment of youths in the age bracket of 17-and-half to 21 years for only four years with a provision to retain 25 per cent of them for 15 more years. Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 years for recruitment in 2022 following the countrywide protest.