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Old 06-14-2022, 09:19 AM
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What is Agnipath scheme?
  • The Union Cabinet approved the attractive recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’ which provides an opportunity for Indian youth to serve in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces for a period of four years.
  • The scheme has been designed to enable a youthful profile of the Armed Forces and provide a fresh lease of ‘Josh’ and ‘Jazba’ whilst at the same time bringing about a transformational shift towards a more tech-savvy Armed Forces – which is indeed the need of the hour. The selection will be the exclusive jurisdiction of the Armed Forces. A total of 46,000 Agniveers will be recruited this year.
  • The Agniveers recruited under the scheme would form a distinct rank in the armed forces. It will be different from the existing ranks. Post four-year service, they will be offered an opportunity to apply for permanent enrolment in the Armed Forces. However, not everyone will be accepted to serve full term in the Army.
  • The applications will be considered in a centralised manner based on objective criteria, including performance during their four-year engagement period, and up to 25 per cent of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces. 100 per cent of candidates can apply on a volunteer basis to enroll in the regular cadre.
  • They would be required to serve for a further engagement period of a minimum of 15 years and would be governed by the existing terms and conditions of the service of Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks in Indian Army and their equivalent in Indian Navy and Indian Air Force and that of Non-Combatant enrolled in the Indian Air Force, as amended from time-to-time.
Recap: Protests held across states against Agnipath recruitment scheme. The defence job seekers mainly raised concerns over job security and pension.

All You Need to Know about the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme:
  • Recruitment Age: 17 ½ – 21 years
  • Tenure: 4 years
  • Positions: 45,000 to 50,000 personnel every year
  • Training period: 6 months
  • Salary Range: Rs 30,000-Rs 40,000
  • Payout at service end: Rs 10-12 lakh (Tax-free)
Announcing the details of the new recruitment model, the three service chiefs held a press conference. Here’s what they said:

Lt Gen Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs:
  • Agniveer would be a part of this future-ready soldier. Agniveer would be India’s young protector. After being with us for 4 yrs, an Agniveer’s resume and biodata will be very unique. He’ll stand out in the crowd with his attitude, s****s, and time he would’ve spent with us.
  • Today average age is around 32 yrs, in time to come it’ll further come down to 26 yrs and this will happen in 6-7 years. In order to transform the armed forces into youthful, tech-savvy, modern, there’s a need to harness the youth’s potential and make them future-ready soldiers.
  • We will provide an opportunity to the youth to serve the nation for a short and long duration, as Agniveers. We are giving youth a chance for both long and short-duration military service.
Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande
  • Agnipath scheme aims to make the Army a future-ready fighting force capable of meeting multiple challenges across full spectrum of conflict. It will increase technical threshold of the Army by recruiting ‘Agniveers’ through ITIs and other tech institutes.
  • The screening and selection based on a sound, fair, transparent and a robust assessment system will ensure that the Army retains the best of the best for a longer serving duration and these personnel will form the core of our organisation.
Indian Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar
  • Agnipath scheme is a new idea of the new era. An idea that is made in India and made for India. An idea that will have positive impact on the human resources management of armed forces.
  • An idea that will bring balance between the youth aspirations and future requirements of armed forces. An idea that will make the profile of armed forces more youthful, as per Kargil Committee Report.
  • Right now, Navy has women officers. With Agniveer scheme, women sailors would also be inducted. It’s a major step. All preparations done and we would not face any difficulty. There already is on-board deployment of women officers. We’re a gender-neutral service.
CAS Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari
  • The IAF is looking to tap into the youth’s ability to adapt to a fast-changing technology-based environment, train and expose them to the high-tech environment of the IAF and hone their s****s for future employment.
  • Agnipath scheme also allows IAF to assess both aptitude and attitude of young people i.e ‘Agniveers’ and prepare them for further specialized training in aviation and non-aviation s****s required by IAF, should they opt to join as regular air warriors.
  • IAF shall be imparting a wide range of training and exposure to ‘Agniveers’ in aviation, weapons and sophisticated ground systems.I invite the aspiring youth of India to seize this unique opportunity to serve the nation and touch the sky with glory.

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Old 06-18-2022, 12:45 PM
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Agnipath protests: 5 Points at glance

  1. The defence job seekers voiced apprehensions over the future of their services as the Agnipath scheme had pushed for only 25 per cent of the soldiers recruited to be retained for full term.
  2. The protesters had also raised concerns over job security and pension as the scheme only allows employment for four years.
  3. Many also wanted the Agnipath scheme to be withdrawn as they urged government to conduct pending written examination for Army recruitment.
  4. The job seekers also pointed out the age limit issue while applying for jobs in Armed forces via the Agnipath scheme.
  5. The defence job seekers had also pointed out the time limit (four years) for serving in the Armed forces via the Agnipath scheme.
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