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Recruitment Plan For Armed Forces 'Agnipath' Announced; Youth To Be Inducted For 4 Years

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the Agnipath recruitment scheme on Tuesday for the induction of young soldiers into tri-defence services

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Aiming to make mega reforms in the tri-defence serves, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved an attractive military recruitment scheme named 'Agnipath' for the induction of young soldiers into the Indian Army. Under the Agnipath scheme, 'Agniveers' would be recruited in the Army, Air Force or Navy for short a four-year tenure. The average age profile of the Armed forces would be reduced from 32 to 26 with the implementation of this scheme.

Features of Agnipath recruitment scheme

  • Under the Agnipath recruitment scheme, Agniveers would be recruited only for four-year tenures in all the cadre - Army, Air force, Navy 
  • Almost 46,000 youth will be recruited in 2022 and the number of recruits will go up by 5,000 every year
  • Soldiers will be recruited within the age limit of 17.5 - 21 years, at a montly salary of around Rs 30,000-40,000
  • Recruitment wil start in 90 days
  • They will also be entitled to awards, medals and insurance
  • The first four years will not be taken into consideration for fixing the final pensionary benefits
  • After 4 years, 25% will be retained or re-enlisted in the regular cadre based on merit, willingness and medical fitness
  • They can then serve a full term of 15 years
  • The remaining 75% will be eligible for ‘Seva Nidhi’ packages of Rs 11-12 lakhs and will be provided skill certificates and bank loans for their second career 
  • The Agnipath recruitment scheme will be on all India all class enrolment

The mega scheme was announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with three services chiefs including Gen Manoj Pande, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Admiral R Hari Kumar at the National Media Centre today. 

"The Cabinet Committee on Security has taken a historic decision today to approve the transformative scheme of 'Agnipath'. Under this, Indian youth would be granted an opportunity to get inducted into the Armed services," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. 

Under the 'Agnipath' scheme, efforts will be made to create a youthful profile of the Armed forces. It would help to train them for new technologies and improve their health levels. This scheme will increase employment opportunities with new skills in different sectors, said Singh. 

The 'Agnivirs' will be given a good pay package and an exit retirement package after a service of 4 years, he added. 

Benefist to Agniveers 

  • Agniveers 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.
  • The ‘Seva Nidhi’ package of Rs 11.71 lakhs will be exempt from Income Tax.
  • There will be no entitlement to gratuity and pensionary benefits.
  • Agniveers will be provided a non-contributory Life Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakhs for the duration of their engagement period in the Indian Army.


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