November 30, 2022

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Indian govt. bans WhatsApp teams for allegedly spreading misinformation and coordinating protests in opposition to Agnipath navy reforms

Following protests that turned in violent throughout a number of elements of the nation over Indian authorities’s ‘Agnipath’ navy reforms, the government. has banned as many as 35 WhatsApp teams for allegedly spreading misinformation and coordinating protests.

In case you might be unaware of the scheme that resulted in protests within the northern and jap elements of the nation, here’s a recap. Agnipath, or “path of fireside”, is a pan-India merit-based navy recruitment scheme. It’s designed to convey extra folks into the navy on four-year contracts and in flip,  decrease the common age of the armed forces of the nation.

Agniveers (those that shall be recruited underneath the Agnipath Scheme) shall be enrolled for a service length of 4 years (together with the coaching interval). After the length is accomplished, solely one-fourth (25%) of the Agniveers shall be retained or re-enlisted within the common cadre based mostly on benefit, willingness and medical health. They may then serve for a full time period of one other 15 years.

‘Defence specialists’ have criticized the scheme, saying that it may weaken the construction of the forces, have severe ramifications for nationwide safety, minimize down tenure and provide fewer advantages on the finish of the contract. It additionally sparked violent protests throughout the nation as 1000’s of younger males attacked prepare coaches, burnt tires and clashed with officers.

As soon as the Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how (MeitY) acquired inputs from the Ministry of House Affairs (MHA), it issued the orders underneath Part 69A of the Info Know-how Act for disbanding the teams (social media intermediaries should adjust to orders handed underneath this part of the IT Act.)

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In response to the officers, a few of these teams had as many as 300 members and so they had been getting used to coordinate protests which had resulted in violence at sure locations. For now, the federal government will observe the traits on social media over the approaching week and can take down any content material that may incite violence. It’s not recognized whether or not any steps have been taken in opposition to the directors of the teams.

The protests is not going to cease the enrolment underneath the Agnipath scheme, in line with prime defence officers, who added that 46,000 cadets shall be recruited this 12 months.