The 10% reservation to be granted to Agniveers in the recruitment for constable positions in the Central Armed Police Force will be horizontal and will not affect the 50% cap maintained by the Supreme Court, Rajya Sabha informed on Wednesday.

Union State Minister for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said so in a written response to a question.

”Approval in principle has been given for the reservation of 10% of vacancies for ex-Agniveers in recruitment to the post of Constable (General Duty), Rifleman in the Central Armed Police Force and Assam Rifles . This reservation will be horizontal, which will not affect the 50% cap retained by the Supreme Court,” he said.

Rai said the relaxation of the upper age limit and exemption from the Physical Proficiency Test will also be given to former Agniveers.

The Center on June 14 unveiled the ambitious Agnipath program for recruiting young people aged 17½ to 21 into the Army, Navy and Air Force, largely on a contract basis at short term of four years. .

Individuals recruited through the program will be known as Agniveers. After the end of the four-year term, 25% of recruits in each group will be offered regular service.

There have been protests by young job seekers against the scheme. Subsequently, the Union Home Ministry announced that 10% of vacancies for recruitment into the Central Armed Police Force or Paramilitary Forces will be reserved for Agniveers.

Responding to another question, the minister said in January 2016 that it had been decided to reserve 33% of posts at the level of the gendarmerie to be filled by women in the CRPF and the CISF, to start with, and 14 to 15 % of posts at the level of the gendarmerie. border guard level — the BSF, the SSB and the ITBP.

The current strength of female personnel in the Central Armed Police Force and Rifles of Assam currently stands at 34,151 and recruitment is an ongoing process, he said.