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  • 18 June, 2022

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AGNIPATH SCHEME FOR ARMED FORCES

AGNIPATH SCHEME FOR ARMED FORCES

Huge protests have been observed throughout the country to roll back the Agnipath scheme

AGNIPATH SCHEME

  • It recruits the soldier for short term and long term on an ‘All-India All-Class’ basis.
  • It aims to reduce the salaries and pension and divert resources for the modernization of the military.
  • Those between the age of 17.5 and 21 are eligible for this. The person who gets selected will be known as Agniveers.
  • The recruitment process will be repeated every six months.
  • After 4 years of services, Agniveers will be eligible to apply for permanent enrolment in the armed forces and only 25 percent will be selected based on merit in the permanent commission.
  • They will then have to serve for a minimum of 15 years after going to permanent commission

PRESENT RECRUITMENT PROCESS

  • Short service commission: Presently officer is inducted under the 10+4 scheme which means the officer serves for 10 years and can either opt to move out or extend the service for another 4 years. Though they can resign any time in these 4 years.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS EXTENDED TO AGNIVEERS

  • Salary: They will receive an annual package of RS 4.6lakh in the first year to Rs 6.92 lakh in the four years.
  • ALLOWANCES: With the salary, they will get the travel and uniform allowances.
  • SEVA NIDHI: Agniveer have to contribute 30% of their salaries to a fund that will be matched by the government and at the end of the four years, each soldier will get RS 11.71 lakh as a lump sum tax-free amount, which includes interest accumulated on the absolute amount.
  • LEAVES: They will be granted 30 days of annual leave while sick leave will be based on medical advice.

WHAT IS THE NEED FOR THIS SCHEME?

  • Agnipath scheme will give a military exposure to a large section of youth, the military way of life and give them wide exposure.
  • It will provide the nation with a large pool of disciplined workforce with varied skill sets.
  • It will make citizens rule-abiding and raise them above normal regional and sectarian outlook and will enhance their physical fitness level.
  • The trained workforce can also act as reservists in times of national emergency.

CRITICISM OF THE SCHEME

  • SLASHING THE EXPENDITURE: It is a move to slash the growing salary and pension bills of all three services.
  • DILUTING THE PROFESSIONALISM: It has been accused of diluting the professionalism of the armed force.
  • REDUCE EFFICIENCY: The process will result in mixed units that will lack cohesion and regimentation, which will reduce their effectiveness.
  • SUSPENSION OF RECRUITMENT: Due to covid the recruitment process was suspended for the last two years.

Source: THE HINDU


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