On Tuesday at 12.30 p.m., Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke at a press conference at the National Media Centre in the national capital about the Agnipath recruitment scheme in Delhi.
The office of the Defence Minister tweeted, “Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh will conduct a media conference at National Media Centre, New Delhi at 12.30 PM today.” On Monday, Singh urged for more cooperation between the civil administration and the Armed Forces to bolster national security and address future challenges posed by the ever-changing global scenario.
On Monday, he spoke to participants at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, at the 28th Joint Civil-Military Training Programme.
Agnipath recruitment scheme to be announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with three services chiefs including Gen Manoj Pande, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari & Admiral R Hari Kumar at the National Media Centre today pic.twitter.com/FJOkFH1Muu
— ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2022
“Peace and war are no longer two distinct entities, but rather a continuum. Even in times of calm, battle rages on multiple fronts. A full-scale conflict is as deadly to a country as it is to its adversaries. As a result, full-fledged battles have been avoided in recent decades. Proxies and non-combat battles have taken their place.”
“Technology, supply lines, information, energy, trade systems, finance systems, and other systems are being weaponized, and people’s cooperation is needed to deal with this widened scope of security challenges,” he said, emphasising the importance of taking a “Whole of the Nation” and “Whole of the Government” approach to overcome these challenges.
With the introduction of the job of Chief of Defence Staff and the establishment of the Department of Military Affairs, Singh declared that the government has begun a full-fledged process of civil-military jointness. He claims that these measures are assisting the country in preparing for future issues.
He went on to say that the initiatives taken to modernise the Armed Forces and turn the defence sector into a ‘Aatmanirbhar’ had begun to bear fruit. “Now, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India, Make for the World,’ India is not only manufacturing equipment for its Armed Forces, but also addressing the demands of friendly countries,” he stated.