A new military recruitment model Agnipath has been announced by the three chiefs. The announcement was made at a press conference. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present at the event.
Agnipath Model Announced
Agnipath is a short-term recruitment policy in which the recruited soldiers will be released from the services after serving for four years. Soldiers recruited will be a part of the defense forces and will be called as Agniveers. It will be a new distinct rank, as opposed to sepoys who joined the Indian Army under the legacy recruitment model.‘Agniveers’ will have a different rank in the three services, and will also wear a different insignia as part of their uniform.
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With Agnipath, the Indian army has opened gates for recruitment amid covid-19 restrictions. The ‘Agnipath’ model envisages the recruitment of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) in the army, air force, and navy for four years and it also includes training for six months. This new model was debatable in the military announcement. Many believed that the model has more disadvantages than disadvantages.The soldiers recruited under the new model will be released from service after four years and the new system will have a provision for retaining around 25% of them after the second round of screening. They will be provided with a severance package of over ₹11 lakh but won’t be entitled to pensions. The retained ones will serve in the defense services for another 15 years and they will get pensions.
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No Compromise On Quality
As per army chief general Manoj Pandey,”During their 4 years of training ,agniveers would be attached to our units easily. As per requirement, they’d be capable of being deployed on China & Pakistan borders. During implementation of the scheme, there would be no compromise on our op capabilities. ”The recruited soldiers will receive a salary of 30K-40K per month. They will also get a non-contributory insurance cover of ₹48 lakh and an ‘Agniveer skill certificate’. The certificate will help them in finding other jobs in the future.