Decoded Agnipath Schema: How to Join, Salary, Benefits and Reviews
At the end of the service period, they will receive a tax-free service fund package of ₹11.71 lakh. Up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be drafted into the regular part of the armed forces.
The Union cabinet on Tuesday (June 14th) approved a program to recruit young Indian boys and girls to serve in the armed forces.
The program is called “Agnipath” and young people selected under this program will be known as Agniveers.
“Agnipath enables young, patriotic and motivated people to serve in the armed forces for a period of four years,” the Ministry of Defense said.
The Federal presents you with a comprehensive guide to the “Agnipath” program, the views of defense veterans, the opposition, and why there are protests against it.
Agnipath scheme and its benefits
Under this program, Agniveers will be drafted into the forces under the respective service laws for a period of four years.
People between the ages of 17.5 and 21 can join the scheme.
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At the end of the service period, they will receive a tax-free service fund package of ₹11.71 lakh.
Up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be drafted into the regular part of the armed forces.
After their four-year stay, the Agniveers will receive a one-time “SevaNidhi” package which will include their contribution, including accrued interest thereon, and a government matching contribution equal to the cumulative amount of their contribution, including interest.
‘Seva Nidhi’ will be exempt from income tax.
There is no right to retirement bonuses and benefits.
Agniveers will receive non-contributory life insurance coverage of ₹48 lakh for the duration of their enlistment period in the Indian Armed Forces.
Certificate for Agniveers
Agniveers will be equipped with various military skills and experiences, discipline, physical fitness, leadership qualities, courage and patriotism.
After four years, the Agniveers will be infused into civil society.
The skills acquired by each Agniveer will be recognized in a certificate that will be part of their unique CV.
Individuals, selected for enlistment into the Armed Forces as a regular cadre, would be required to serve for a further enlistment period of at least 15 years and would be governed by the existing conditions of service for junior officers/other ranks of the Indian army. and their equivalent in the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force and that of Enlisted Non-Combatant in the Indian Air Force, as amended from time to time.
They would form a separate rank in the armed forces, different from all other existing ranks.
Upon completion of four years of service, based on organizational requirements and policies promulgated by the armed forces from time to time, Agniveers will be offered the opportunity to apply for permanent enlistment in the armed forces.
These applications will be reviewed centrally on the basis of objective criteria, including performance during their four-year commitment period.
The selection will be the exclusive competence of the Armed Forces.
Registration will be conducted through a centralized online system for the three services – Army, Navy, Air Force, with specialized gatherings and on-campus interviews from recognized technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes and the National Skills Qualifications Framework, among others.
Entry will be based on “All India All Class” basis and the eligible age will be between 17.5 and 21 years old.
Agniveers will meet the medical eligibility requirements set forth for enlistment in the armed forces applicable to the respective categories/trades.
The educational qualification for Agniveers will also remain popular for enrollment in various categories. (Example: for General Service (GD) entry, the degree is Class 10).
The opposition finds a loophole in the scheme
The Congress criticized the BJP for the Agnipath project. There have been protests from army aspirants in states like Bihar.
“When India faces threats on two fronts, the Agnipath program reduces the operational effectiveness of our armed forces. The BJP government must stop compromising the dignity, traditions, valor and discipline of our forces,” Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi said.
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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the BJP government was making army recruitment a “laboratory”.
“Why is the BJP government making military recruitment its laboratory? The long labors of the soldiers are a burden on the government? Young people say this 4 year rule is a hoax. Our ex-servicemen don’t agree with that either. No discussion, no serious reflection on the sensitive issue of recruitment into the army. Just arbitrary? Priyanka tweeted.
Protests erupted in Muzaffarpur and Buxar in Bihar.
Protesters asked what they would do after four years. Gulshan Kumar, from Bihar, told a news outlet: “Just four years of service will mean that we will have to study for other jobs after that, and we will be left behind by others our age.”
“I have been running and preparing physically for two years now. Will I now take a job that is only for four years? said another seeker Shivam Kumar.
What were the army veterans saying?
Major General (Retired) Ajay Seth criticizes the plan. “Let’s not create irreversible and avoidable unrest and turbulence, with two adversaries conjoined to confuse us,” he said. It should have been implemented on a smaller scale and when deemed appropriate, only then should it have been implemented, Seth said as quoted by Indian Express.
Major General Ashok Kumar supported this decision. “This program is transformational and will benefit both the armed forces and the country asymmetrically. It will reduce the current age profile of frontline units from the current 32 to 26 in four to six years. Since retention will only be 25% of admission, there will be a qualitative upgrade in the profile of the unit,” Kumar told the newspaper.