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Agneepath Scheme for the Armed Forces


Agnipath Scheme upsc: Relevance

  • GS 2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.


Agnipath Scheme army: Context

  • Recently, Union Cabinet has cleared Agnipath Scheme for recruitment of youths in the Armed Forces.


Agneepath scheme Indian army: Key points

  • Youths selected under the Agnipath scheme will be known as Agniveers.
  • AGNIPATH allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years.


About Agneepath scheme

  • 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 centralised manner based on objective criteria including performance during their four-year engagement period and up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers Agneepath Schemewill be enrolled in regular cadre of the Armed Forces.


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Agneepath scheme benefits

For the youths

  • Agnipath scheme will provide an opportunity to the youth who may be keen to don the uniform by attracting young talent from the society.
  • The scheme is for the youths who are more in tune with contemporary technological trends and plough back skilled, disciplined and motivated manpower into the society.

For the armed forces

  • The scheme will enhance the youthful profile of the Armed Forces and provide a fresh lease of ‘Josh’ and ‘Jazba’ whilst at the same time bring about a transformational shift towards a more tech savvy Armed Forces.

For the nation

  • The nation would immensely benefit by infusion of highly inspired youth with deeper understanding of self-discipline, diligence and focus who would be adequately skilled and will be able to contribute in other sectors.


Benefits to agniveers

  • Agneepath scheme salary: 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, Agniveerswill be paid one time ‘SevaNidhi’ package which shall comprise their contribution and matching contribution from the Government.
    • The ‘Seva Nidhi’ will be exempt from Income Tax.
  • There shall be no entitlement to gratuity and pensionary benefits.
  • Agniveerswill be provided non-contributory Life Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakh for the duration of their engagement period in the Indian Armed Forces.

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Agneepath scheme army: What will happen after 4 years?

  • Post the recruitment for four years, 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 realisation to become better version of himself/herself both professionally as also personally.
  • Moreover, the ‘Seva Nidhi’ of approximately Rs 11.71 lakh 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.


Agnipath Scheme: Advantages

  • A transformative reform of recruitment policy of the Armed Forces.
  • A unique opportunity to the youth to serve the country and contribute to Nation Building.
  • Armed Forces profile to be youthful and dynamic.
  • Attractive financial package for the Agniveers.
  • Opportunity for Agniveers to train in the best institutions and enhance their skills & qualifications.
  • Availability of well-disciplined and skilled youth with military ethos in civil society.
  • Adequate re-employment opportunities for those returning to society and who could emerge as role models for the youth.


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