Addressing the first batch of Agniveers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that Agnipath, a short-term military employment scheme, is a transformative policy and a game changer in strengthening the armed forces and making them future-ready.

A statement said Modi, in his virtual address, congratulated them on being the pioneers of this “path-breaking” scheme which, he noted, will further empower women. He said the young Agniveers will make the armed forces more youthful and tech-savvy.

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Technologically-advanced soldiers will play a key role in our armed forces, he said, adding 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 as well as 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.

Lauding their potential, he said their spirit is reflective of the bravery of the armed forces which has always kept the flag of the nation flying high. The experience they will acquire through this opportunity will be a source of pride for life, he added. “Hailing the potential of youth and Agniveers, Prime Minister concluded by saying that they are the ones who are going to provide leadership to the nation in the 21st century,” the statement quoting Modi said.