Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces. The scheme is called AGNIPATH and the youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers. AGNIPATH allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years. Here we will get to know the complete details about the Agnipath Entry Scheme, notification and its complete selection procedure etc.
What is Agnipath Entry Scheme:
The AGNIPATH Entry Scheme has been designed to enable a youthful profile of the Armed Forces. It will provide an opportunity to the youth who may be keen to don the uniform by attracting young talent from the society who are more in tune with contemporary technological trends and plough back skilled, disciplined and motivated manpower into the society. As for the Armed Forces, it will enhance the 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. It is envisaged that the average age profile of the Indian Armed forces would come down by about 4-5 years by the implementation of this scheme.
The national stands to immensely benefit by infusion of highly inspired youth with a deeper understanding of self-discipline, diligence and focus who would be adequately skilled and will be able to contribute to other sectors. The dividends of short military service to the nation, society and the youth of the nation are immense. This includes the inculcation of patriotism, teamwork, enhancement of physical fitness, ingrained loyalty to the country and availability of trained personnel to boost national security in times of external threats, internal threats and natural disasters.
This is a major defence policy reform introduced by the Government to usher in a new era in the Human Resource policy of the three Services. The policy, which comes into immediate effect, will hereafter govern the enrolment for the three services.
Benefits of Agniveer:
Agniveers or Agnipath Entry scheme will be given an attractive customised monthly package along with Risk and Hardship allowances as applicable in the three services. On completion of the engagement period of four years, Agniveers will be paid one time ‘Seva Nidhi’ package which shall comprise their contribution including accrued interest thereon and matching contribution from the Government equal to the accumulated amount of their contribution including interest.
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Agnipath Scheme Advantages:
- A transformative reform of the recruitment policy of the Armed Forces.
- A unique opportunity for the youth to serve the country and contribute to Nation Building.
- Armed Forces profile to be youthful and dynamic.
- The attractive financial package for the Agniveers.
- Opportunity for Agniveers to train in the best institutions and enhance their skills & qualifications.
- Availability of well-disciplined and skilled youth with military ethos in civil society.
- Adequate re-employment opportunities for those returning to society and who could emerge as role models for the youth.
Agnipath Scheme Disadvantages:
- No Pilot scheme to gauge the arrangement.
- It will weaken military culture, expertness, and combat spirit.
- 7-8 years are required to arrange a soldier for combat.
- Agniveers are cautious and most of them are seeking a second job.
- May lead to the militarisation of society and also the annual state of 35,000 adolescents with war expertise.
Salary or Payscale:
The ‘Seva Nidhi’ are going to be exempt from taxation. There shall be no claim to gratuity and pensionary advantages. Agniveers are going to be provided with a non-contributory insurance cowl of Rs 48 lakhs for the length of their engagement amount within the Indian defence force.
|Year||Customised Package (Monthly)||In-Hand (70%)||Contribution to Agniveers Corpus Fund (30%)||Contribution to Corpus Fund by GOI|
|All Figures in Rs. (Monthly Contribution)|
|Total Contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund after 4 Years||5.02 lakh||5.02 lakh|
The avenues and opportunities which will open up for his or her progress within the civil world when Agniveer’s tenure will surely be enormous and towards nation-building. Moreover, the Seva Nidhi of roughly Rs 11.71 lakhs would aid the Agniveer to pursue his/her future dreams while not the money pressure, which is generally the case for teenagers from the financially underprivileged strata of society.
The people, elite for ingress within the defence force as regular cadre, would be needed to serve for an extra engagement amount of a minimum of fifteen years and would be ruled by the prevailing terms and conditions of service of Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks in Indian Army and their equivalent in Indian Navy and Indian Air Force which of Non-Combatant registered within the Indian Air Force, as amended from time to time.
As per the Government, it is going to be a boon for the nation but the people are more concerned about what will happen after 4 years. Here are some points regarding that:
What will happen after four years?
- Post the accomplishment for four years, the Agniveers are infused into the civil society wherever they will contribute vastly towards the state-building method.
- The skills gained by every Agniveer are recognised in an exceedingly certificate to create a part of his distinctive resume.
- Agniveers, on completion of the four-year tenure within the prime of their youth, are mature and nonindulgent with the realisation to become a higher version of himself/herself each professionally as additionally in person.
- Moreover, the ‘Seva Nidhi’ of roughly Rs eleven.71 hundred thousand would aid the Agniveer to pursue his/her future dreams while not the monetary pressure, that is generally the case for children from the financially underprivileged strata of society.
After four years in Army, A candidate will have to look for a source of income as there will be no salary or pension will be offered to the candidate. Well, it is completely up to you to decide whether it is right or wrong. Candidates are protesting against this, and there may be some changes in the scheme regarding th post-retirement life.