Agnipath Scheme

The government announced the radical and far-reaching ‘Agnipath’ scheme on Tuesday, deploying defence minister Rajnath Singh and the three Service chiefs to deflect criticism that it will undermine the armed forces’ professionalism, ethos, and fighting spirit, as well as potentially lead to the militarization of civil society. The process of recruiting 46,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen this year will begin on a “all-India, all-class” basis under the Agnipath scheme, which was authorised by the PM Modi-led cabinet committee on security.

What is the Agnipath Scheme?
This scheme entails a recruitment process for individuals below the rank of officer, with the goal of deploying fitter, younger troops on the front lines, many of whom will be on four-year contracts. It’s a game-changing project that will give the Army, Navy, and Air Force a more young image. 

Who can apply to this scheme?
Under this scheme both men and women between the ages of 17.5 and 21 will be brought into the armed forces. 

What is the eligibility criteria for this scheme?
All three services will be enrolled through a centralized online system, with specific rallies and campus interviews conducted by recognised technical colleges such as Industrial Training Institutes and the National Skills Qualifications Framework, among others. Enrollment will be on a ‘All India All Class’ basis, with eligible ages ranging from 17.5 to 21 years old. Agniveers will meet the medical requirements for in the armed forces as they apply to their particular categories/trades. Agniveers’ educational qualifications will continue to be popular for enrolment in many categories, such as: The educational requirement for becoming a General Duty (GD) soldier is Class 10. 

Can girls apply for Agnipath Entry and is there any reservation for girls?
Yes, girls under the given age limit are open for the agnipath entry, while there is no such reservation for women under this scheme. 

What are the terms of service under Agnipath?
After four years of service, 25% of the Agniveers will be retained in the regular cadre based on merit, willingness and medical fitness. They will then serve for a full term of another 15 years. While the other 75% Agniveers will be demobilised, with an exit or ‚ÄúSeva Nidhi ” package of Rs 11-12 lakh, partly funded by their monthly contributions, as well as skill certificates and bank loans for help in their second careers.

What are the advantages of this scheme?
It provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the youth to serve their country and contribute to national development. The Armed Forces would be younger and more vibrant.The Agniveers will have a good financial package with the opportunity to train in the best military ethos in civil society and institutions, as well as improve their skills and qualifications. This will make well-disciplined and skilled youth with military ethos in the civil society.

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