Agnipath scheme: Defence ministry's purported letter to service chiefs is fake

Social media users are sharing a letter purportedly written by the Defence Ministry to the chiefs of the Indian Armed Forces. It discusses the revised service terms and tenure for newly enrolled jawans, airmen, and sailors under the Agnipath scheme.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  25 Jun 2022 11:34 AM GMT
Agnipath scheme: Defence ministrys purported letter to service chiefs is fake

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing a letter purportedly written by the Defence Ministry to the chiefs of the Indian Armed Forces. It discusses the revised service terms and tenure for newly enrolled jawans, airmen, and sailors under the Agnipath scheme.

According to the letter, ORs who attested after January 1, 2019, and those who are not promoted to a substantive rank of Naik or equivalent by July 1, 2022, will be kept under the Agnipath Scheme.


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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

The Government of India recently announced the Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the tri-services. It has also released the first recruitment notification under this scheme.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/agnipath-scheme-for-recruiting-soldiers-7969432/

Furthermore, there are no reports that recruits who enrolled after January 1, 2019, and were not promoted to a substantive rank of Naik or equivalent will be integrated into the Agnipath scheme. If this news is true, the media would have covered it. However, we were unable to locate any such reports. Even when the scheme was announced, officials made no mention of the claim.

Notably, we also did not find any MK Ramanna's name on the list of officials working at the Defence Ministry.

PIB also clarified that the letter is fake through a tweet saying that Defence Ministry has not issued this letter.

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:A letter on the Agnipath scheme which is claimed to be issued by the Defence Ministry to the chiefs of the Indian Armed Forces
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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