The Indian Army has launched the AGNIPATH brochure on Tuesday 14th June, 2022. Under this scheme, the Indian Army provides an option for Indian citizens to serve in the army for three years. Candidates are given permanent positions in the Indian army based on their outstanding performance. Joining the Indian Army's Agneepathprogramme can help young people realise their dreams. 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.
Who is an Agniveer?
Under the AGNIPATH scheme, the Agniveers will be enrolled in the Forces under respective Service Acts for a period of four years. They would form a distinct rank in the Armed Forces, different from any other existing ranks.Upon the completion of four years of service, based on organisational requirement and policies promulgated by the Armed Forces from time-to-time, Agniveers will be offered an opportunity to apply for permanent enrolment in the Armed Forces. These applications will be considered in a centralized manner based on objective criteria including performance during their four-year engagement period and up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces.Detailed guidelines will be issued separately. Enrolment will be undertaken through an online centralised system for all three services with specialised rallies and campus interviews from recognized technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes and National Skills Qualifications Framework, among others.
Eligibility for becoming an Agniveer:
You must be an Indian citizen.This programme is open to participants aged 17-21.If you want to apply for the Agneepathyojana online, you must be in good health. [Note: Girls under the given age limit are open for the agnipath entry, while there is no such reservation for women under this scheme.]
Perks of being an Agniveer:
Agniveers will be given an attractive customized 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 ‘SevaNidhi’ package which shall comprise their contribution includingaccrued interest thereon and a matching contribution from the Government equal to the accumulated amount of their contribution including interest. The ‘SevaNidhi’ will be exempt from Income Tax. There shall 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 Armed Forces.During this period of service to the nation, the Agniveers will be imparted with various military skills and experience, discipline, physical fitness, leadership qualities, courage and patriotism. Post this stint of fouryears, the Agniveers will be infused into the civil society where they can contribute immensely towards the nation building process.The skills gained by each Agniveer will be recognised in a certificate to form part of his unique resume. Agniveers, on completion of the four year tenure in the prime of their youth, will be mature and self-disciplined with the realization to become better version of himself/herself both professionally as also personally.The avenues and opportunities that will open up for their progress in the civil world after Agniveer tenure would certainly be a big plus towards nation building. Moreover, the SevaNidhi of approximately Rs 11.71 lakhs would aid the Agniveer to pursue his/her future dreams without the financial pressure, which is normally the case for young people from the financially deprived strata of society.
In conclusion it will be wise to state that this scheme will be a transformative reform of the recruitment policy of the Armed Forces while being a unique opportunity for the youth to serve the country and contribute to Nation Building. The Armed Forces profile would be youthful and dynamic and provide the attractive financial package for the Agniveers. It will promote the availability of well-disciplined and skilled youth with military ethos in civil society. All in all this scheme will lead to a much more youthful and technically adept war fighting force by ensuring a fine balance between youthful and experienced personnel in the Armed Forces.