The Union government has approved the setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools in partnership mode with NGOs, private schools, or state governments, Union minister Ajay Bhatt said on Thursday.
However, there is no role of the Sainik Schools in the implementation of the Agnipath scheme, Bhatt said in a written reply to Arun Kumar Sagar and others in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
The Union government has not formulated any scheme for mandatory service of youth in the Indian Armed Forces, the minister said.
The Agnipath scheme is available to the schools of all the states/UTs, subject to the applicant schools satisfying the eligibility criteria and subsequent signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the NGOs/ Private/ State government schools by the Sainik Schools Society, he said.
The recruitment rallies are held by the Armed Forces with an aim to cover all the districts, inter-alia, including the tribal areas of the country, he added.