The Agneepath scheme
The Agneepath scheme recruits young people to serve as Agniveers in the army for four years. The Army’s regimental system will remain unchanged from the Agneepath scheme. In the first year, three percent of the total armed forces will be recruited as agniveers. This information was provided by government sources on Thursday, amid violent protests by youth across the country against the new scheme.
The scheme’s goal is to increase opportunities for young people in the armed forces. Under this plan, approximately three times the number of soldiers currently enrolled in the Armed Forces will be recruited. However, the precise time period is unknown. It is worth noting that the government has begun this scheme for recruiting soldiers on four-year contracts in the Army, Air Force, and Navy.
Agneepath Yojana Army Age Limit
This is regarded as a significant shift in the decades-old army recruitment system. This will include youth aged 17 and a half to 21 years old in the army’s three wings. After four years of service, 25% of agniveers will be placed in regular service, while 3 out of 4 agniveers will be unable to continue in the service. The government provides them with numerous other educational, employment, and business opportunities.
Regiments will get the best Agniveer: The Agneepath plan raised concerns about the composition of many regiments. There are recruits from specific areas or castes, such as Rajputs, Jats, and Sikhs. According to sources, Agneepath will have no effect on the regimental system. Instead, they’ll get the best Agniveers. This will improve the cohesion of their units even more.
According to army officials, the ratio of Agniveers to the army in the first year would be manageable. After four years, the performance of the soldiers appointed under this scheme will be evaluated, and they will be re-inducted into the army. In such a case, the army will test candidates for the supervisor rank.
Many countries have short service tenure.
Concerns have also been raised about the impact of Agniveers’ short tenure on the army, but sources claim that a similar testing system exists in many countries. After four years, the performance of the Agniveers will be re-tested, and 25% will be placed in service. In the long run, the new scheme will increase the ratio of young and experienced soldiers to 50-50.
What exactly is the Agneepath Scheme 2022?
The scheme was developed after two years of extensive consultation with serving military officers. Its proposal was prepared by military officers from the Department of Military Officers. People said it was an insult to the Indian Armed Forces’ values and traditions to think that Agniveer could leave the army and become a threat to society.
• Rajnath Singh [Defense Minister] said, “The Agneepath schemes by the central government give a golden opportunity to the youth of the country to join the defense system and serve the country: I am Agniveer, their unique identity with fresh.”
1. What are the minimum and maximum age eligibility?
The age criteria decided by the government is 17.5 to 21 years for all classes across India. But in 2022, the launch year of this scheme, the maximum age limit was increased by 2 years to 23.
2. How can I apply for Agniveer scheme ?
3. Will Agniveers be eligible for awards and honors?
They will be eligible for honors and awards in accordance with the existing guidelines governing the subject for the respective armed forces.
4. What will Agniveers do after four years of service?
After 4 years, this will help agniveers smooth alliances into society with a good skill set, certification, and diploma/higher education. And after four years of service, you have enough money to start your own business. And the government provides 10% of the reservation for agniveers in every government services.
5. What will be the payment and benefits?
For the first year, Agniveers will be paid 30,000 per month. 30% of your salary will be deducted as a contribution to the Agniveer corpus fund. Agniveers will receive approximately Rs. 11.5 lakh as a Seva Nidhi package at the end of their service.
6. Is this scheme open to women?
Yes, it is open for women as well.