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AGNIPATH SCHEME: AN OVERVIEW



  Jun 28, 2024

AGNIPATH SCHEME: AN OVERVIEW



Current Status and Feedback

The Agnipath scheme, aimed at recruiting soldiers, sailors, and airmen for a four-year tenure, has been a significant topic of discussion in recent times. Following the general election results, NDA allies such as the Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) have called for a thorough discussion and potential revisions of the scheme. The government is open to changes, and discussions are ongoing.

About the Agnipath Scheme

• Launch Date: June 14, 2022

• Recruitment Process: Recruits soldiers, sailors, and airmen for four years, with up to 25% of them being selected for permanent service.

• Age Bracket: 17.5 to 21 years (with a proposal to increase it to 23 years for technical routes).

• Annual Intake: Army - 40,000, Navy and Air Force - 3,000 each.

• Educational and Skill Benefits: Agniveers can earn Class 12 certificates or a Bachelor’s degree during their tenure.

• Financial Compensation: Upon completion, Agniveers receive a lump sum but are not eligible for pensions.

• Objective: To reduce the average age of the armed forces from 32 to 26 years.

Concerns Raised

• Personnel Shortage: The Army faces a significant shortage of personnel below the officer’s rank, exacerbated by the COVID-19 recruitment halt and the low conversion rate from Agniveers to regular soldiers.

• Training Duration: The four-year tenure requires compressed training schedules.

• Public Reaction: The scheme has faced protests upon its announcement.

Government’s Stance

The government views the Agnipath scheme as a transformative initiative beneficial for both the armed forces and national development. The Defence Ministry is currently reviewing feedback from the forces, seeking to address concerns and make necessary adjustments.

Feedback and Recommendations

• Enhanced Intake Numbers: Suggestions include increasing the number of recruits.

• Permanent Recruitment Increase: Recommendations propose increasing the permanent recruitment rate from 25% to at least 50%.

• Age Limit Adjustment: Proposals to raise the entry age limit for technical recruits from 21 to 23 years.

Next Steps

The Department of Military Affairs (DMA) is compiling feedback from the Navy, Air Force, and Army. Once complete, these recommendations will be reviewed by the Defence Ministry for potential implementation.

In summary, the Agnipath scheme is under review, with potential changes on the horizon to address the concerns of both the armed forces and the public.




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