The Center today authorized the AGNIPATH Scheme for the recruitment of young people in the Armed Forces. Briefing the media in New Delhi with three service chiefs, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said, the young people selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers.
The exact details of the scheme will be announced by the three service chiefs at a press conference on Tuesday 14 June. Previously called Tour of Duty, this scheme is for people who are not interested in a long-term military career that includes multiple benefits. such as pensions and others.
The AGNIPATH scheme has been designed to enable a youth profile of the Armed Forces. It will provide an opportunity for young people who want to wear the uniform by attracting young talents from society who are more in tune with contemporary technological trends and reincorporating skilled, disciplined and motivated workforce into society.
Here are the top points:
- Announcing the move, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said it was a “historic” decision. The heads of the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) were present at the launch.
- Under the plan, some 45,000 people between the ages of 17.5 and 21 will be admitted to services for a four-year term. Recruits will start within the next 90 days and the first batch will be ready by July 2023.
- As for the Armed Forces, it will raise the youth profile of the Armed Forces and provide a new opportunity for ‘Josh’ and ‘Jazba’ while at the same time creating a transformational shift towards a more tech-savvy Armed Forces, which is of made the need of the hour. The average age profile of the Indian armed forces is expected to be reduced by about 4-5 years with the implementation of this scheme.
- The nation will benefit immensely from the infusion of highly inspired young people with a deeper understanding of self-discipline, diligence, and focus who will be properly trained and able to contribute in other sectors.
- The dividends of short military service to the nation, society, and the nation’s youth are immense. This includes the instilling of patriotism, teamwork, improved physical fitness, ingrained loyalty to country, and the availability of trained personnel to advance national security in times of external threats, internal threats, and natural disasters.
- After four years, only 25 percent of these soldiers will stick around and join the regular cadre and go on to serve a full 15 years in non-commissioned ranks.
- The rest will leave the services with a package between ₹11 lakh – ₹12 lakh, but they will not be eligible for pension benefits. The forces announced that provisions have been made for loss of life or disability due to service injury.
- Moreover, the ‘Seva Nidhi’ of approximately Rs 11.71 lakh would aid the Agniveer to pursue his/her future dreams without the financial pressure, which is normally the case for young people from the financially deprived strata of society.
- The scheme will contemplate the incorporation of 46,000 young people aged 17.5 to 21 in the three branches of the Armed Forces (the Army, the Navy and the Air Force) this year and the soldiers recruited under the scheme will be called ‘Agniveer’.
- They will serve for only four years, including a six-month training period instead of 15-19 years. The qualifying criteria for soldiers is to remain the same as before.
- Soldiers recruited under the scheme will get a monthly salary ranging from 30,000 to 40,000 rupees. They will be given a separate hazard and hardship allowance on par with regular soldiers based on where they are stationed.
|Year||Customised Package (Monthly)||In Hand (70%)||Contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund (30%)||Contribution to corpus fund by GoI|
|All figures in Rs (Monthly Contribution)|
|Total contribution in Agniveer Corpus Fund after four years||Rs 5.02 Lakh||Rs 5.02 Lakh|
Agnipath scheme eligibility
Individuals between the age of 17-1/2 and 21 years will be allowed to apply for this scheme.
Government announces that the individuals will get allowances and ₹30,000-₹40,000 per month during their training period. The individuals will also be rewarded with awards, medals and insurance covers.
What is the Agnipath scheme?
It is a pan-India short-term service youth recruitment scheme for the armed forces. The recruits, known as Agniveers, will serve in various terrains: desert, mountain, land, sea or air.
Agnipath Scheme 2022: The recruitment process will start in 90 days
Enrollment of candidates will be done through a centralized online system for all three services with specialized meetings and on-campus interviews at recognized technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes and the National Skills Qualifications Framework, among others. According to official information, the first batch of Agniveers will be recruited in the recruitment drive for 2023. (Agnipath scheme eligibility)
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