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Agnipath or the Agniveer Scheme by IAF 2022

All you need to know about the Agnipath scheme aka Agniveer scheme launched my the Indian Armed Forces in 2022, approved by Govt of India.

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Agnipath or the Agniveer Scheme by IAF 2022

What is the Agnipath scheme and what are its advantages?

AGNIPATH Scheme in the Indian Armed Forces is a plan wherein chosen up-and-comers will be selected as Agniveers for a considerable length of the time period.

On fruition of the four-year time frame, Agniveers will go to the general public as a restrained, dynamic, propelled, and gifted labor force for work in different areas to seek after their vocation in their preferred gig

In light of authoritative prerequisites and arrangements proclaimed 100 percent of the Agniveers in the wake of finishing their commitment period, will be offered a chance to apply for enrolment in the super durable unit. Of these 25% of Agniveers will be chosen to be signed up for the Armed Forces as 2 ordinary units.

The plan gives a road to Indian youth, covetous of serving the country to get selected into the Armed Forces for a brief span. The plan upgrades the adolescent profile of the Armed Forces

Advantages

This proposition imagines giving an open door to the young to serve in the military for a brief term.

it will likewise prompt a significantly more young and in fact proficient conflict battling force by guaranteeing a fine harmony among energetic and experienced staff in the Armed Forces

2. What are the broad objectives of the Scheme?

The broad objectives of the Scheme are:

  1. Improve the young profile of the Armed Forces so they are at their battling best consistently with expanded risk-taking capacity.
  2. Attract young talent from society to effectively exploit. adopt and use emerging modern technologies with enhanced technical thresholds of intake while leveraging Technical Institutions of the country.
  3. Give an open door to the young who might be quick to serve the Nation in uniform yet for a brief timeframe.
  4. Assimilate The Armed Forces ethos, boldness, brotherhood, responsibility, and collaboration in the adolescent.
  5. Provide abilities and qualities such as discipline, dynamism, motivation, and work skills so that the youth remains an asset.

3. What benefits are envisaged to be accrued from the scheme?

The scheme would be a win-win situation for the Armed Forces, Nation, individuals
and the society at large.

Nation

  • National Integration is based on unity in diversity with equal opportunity for youth including women from all regions.
  • Nation Building through empowered, disciplined & skilled youth with military ethos in civil society.

Armed Forces

  • Improved battle preparedness through transformative evolution with energetic, fitter, diverse, more trainable, and resilient youth suited to the changing dynamics.
  • Selection of the Best with a rigorous and transparent selection process.
  • Youthful Profile by an optimal balance of youth & experience.
  • Harness benefits of SKILL INDIA by induction from Tech Institutes.

Individuals

  • Opportunity for Youth to fulfill their dream of joining the Armed Forces and serving the Nation.
  • Imbibe military discipline, motivation, skill, and physical fitness.
  • Smooth integration into society with skill sets, certification, and diplomas/higher education/credits.
  • Good financial package makes him more stable than his civilian counterparts.
  • Confident & better citizens by military training, team building, ethos & camaraderie forged over the years.
  • Resume so unique that an Agniveer will stand out in the crowd.

4. What might be the effect of the plan on the functional readiness of the Armed Forces?

There would be no effect of the execution of the plan on the activities readiness of the Armed Forces. By having a more youthful profile that is really battling fit with fewer encumbrances, it is normal that the gamble-taking capacity of this faculty would be higher. With the imbuement of innovation and redoing of the preparation programs, the Armed Forces would guarantee that the staff accepted under the plan have a similar range of abilities that are expected to address the functional difficulties. Since the preparation guidelines are plainly characterized and checked by the most elevated experts in the Armed Forces, it would be guaranteed that the Agniveers satisfy the most elevated proficient guidelines.

5. The Scheme imagines the more youthful age profile of the Armed Forces. Is the Age qualification standard for enrolment under the Scheme not the same as the previous practice?

Up-and-comers between 17.5 to 21 years old gathering other instructive, physical and clinical standards would to a great extent be selected as Agniveers. The Scheme likewise expects to outfit the “Skill India” drive-by by enlisting applicants qualified as ITI/Diploma holders in the future with the fundamental abilities for specific specialized exchanges.

6. Can the Agniveers opt for enrolment in the Permanent Cadre?

In light of hierarchical prerequisites and strategies declared by the Armed Forces, 100 percent of the Agniveers in the wake of finishing their commitment period, will be offered a valuable chance to apply for enrolment in the extremely durable framework of the Indian Forces. These applications will be viewed by an incorporated straightforward thorough screening framework that would be founded on merit and showed execution during administration. 25% of the Agniveers would be chosen for enrolment in the long-lasting Cadre according to the current Terms and Conditions. Determination of Agniveers for additional enrolment into the Armed Forces will be the restrictive ward of the Government through set down approaches.

7. How does the scheme compare to the other nations?

A careful analysis of the methodology of induction, retention, and release of Armed Forces personnel in various developed countries was carried out to adopt the best practices being followed in these countries. The analysis revealed the following:

  1. Primarily Volunteer Model. All countries including those that have conscription have a volunteer Armed Forces once the mandatory time stipulation is over.
  2. Enrolment Procedures. The majority of the countries follow multiple enrolment models at various stages of military career enabling soldiers to voluntarily continue or exit service.
  3. Retention. All countries after the initial compulsory service period, retain soldiers based on their choice and a meritorious selection process.
  4. Training. All countries have a shorter initial training period. Specialized training is imparted once the soldier is selected for service for a longer duration.
  5. Incentivisation of Exit. These incentives vary from country to country but generally are in the following fields:
    1. Relaxation/Incentives to pursue higher education.
    2. The financial package on exit.
    3. Credits in education qualifications for type and duration of service rendered.
    4. An advantage for recruitment in the permanent cadre.
    5. Some assurance of job on exit.
  6. The Agnipath scheme aims to follow the same model and similar incentives as having been given in the developed countries.

Regimental Izzat is one of the primary motivating factors for soldiers and officers to bond and perform beyond the call of duty during wartime. Won’t induction of Agniveers dilute this spirit?

The traditional culture of units has been built over the years and has a strong foundation that cannot be diluted easily. Retaining the Regimental Izzat depends on the strong leadership of the officers and other senior supervisors in the units. Further, since the scheme envisages selecting the best of the Agniveers and only those who proved their mettle, the cohesiveness of the unit would be ensured by this personnel. Further, these aspects would be focussed upon and accentuated by the training received once the Agniveer reaches the unit.

9. Since there is going to be a limited training period, would it be adequate to meet the operational challenges?

Youth today eat better, run faster and longer, are more adept at technology, and adapt more easily to change. The aim is to exploit the talent of the present-day generation in our training patterns while simultaneously utilizing technology such as simulators to ensure an effective training program. Since the basic qualification and qualities available to the youth have improved over the years, it gives us an opportunity to restructure the training pattern with more time being available for both physical and technical training. It also gives us an opportunity to review our present training patterns to make them contemporary, technology-based, and tailor-made for the requirements of the Armed Forces.

10. Is the Agnipath scheme likely to be opened to women?

It is envisaged that in the future women will be joining the Armed Forces under the Agniveer scheme.

11. How will this scheme ensure recruitment from all over the country?

The present scheme is based on unity in diversity with equal opportunity for youth including women from all regions of the country to serve the Nation. The scheme aims to capitalize on the broad-based talent pool of the Nation and select the best for a career in the Armed Forces. The present pattern of selection into the Armed Forces is not being changed with the introduction of the scheme. The only change that is happening is in the Terms and Conditions of service. As you all are aware, the three Services are having well-established selection centers spread over the country which has enabled them to recruit people from even the remotest part of the Nation. Since these very selection centers would continue to undertake the responsibility of recruiting personnel, we expect that the aff India representation would not be affected by the introduction of the scheme.

What is the financial package offered to an Agniveer in the Armed Forces?

Composite Monthly Package

  • Ist year package – $30,000/-.
  • Upgradation up to 740,000/- in 4th year.

Allowances

  • Risk & Hardship, Ration, Dress, Travel allowances as applicable.

SevaNidhi

  • 30% of monthly emoluments to be contributed by individuals.
  • The equal amount was matched & contributed by the Government.
  • Corpus of 710.04 Lakhs plus accrued interest, exempted from Income Tax, after four years.

Death Compensation

  • Non-contributory life insurance covers $48 Lakhs.
  • Additional Ex Gratia of 744 Lakhs for death attributable to service.
  • Pay for the unserved portion for up to four years including the ‘SevaNidhi’ component.

Disability Compensation

  • Compensation is based on % the disability laid down by medical authorities.
  • Onetime ex-gratia of 44/25/15 Lakhs for 100%/75%/50% disability respectively.

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