Agnipath scheme - Understanding Agniveers and their role in 10 points

Jun 14, 2022

By: Shradha Aneja

Agnipath scheme

The government has approved the ‘transformative’ Agnipath scheme as of today, June 14. Soldiers for the Army, Navy and Air Force will be recruited under the scheme as Agniveers, on a short-term contractual basis for four years.

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​What does the scheme offer?

"This scheme has been brought to strengthen the security of the country. It is a transformative scheme," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a press conference today.

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​A win-win proposition

Singh said that the infusion of disciplined, motivated and skilled 'Agniveers' back into society after military service, would be a great asset for the nation as it will be a "win-win proposition".

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​Eligible candidates

Individuals of age between 17.5 years to 21 years will be eligible to enroll in this scheme. The enrollments under the scheme are set to start within 90 days.

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​Aim of the scheme

The aim of the scheme is to make the country more secure and strengthen the arm forces. It also focuses on cutting the ballooning salary and pension bills and empowering the armed forces with youthful candidates.

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​Salary for the first year

Agniveers will be given a monthly salary of ₹ 30,000 in the first year. Though the in-hand amount would be ₹ 21,000 as ₹ 9,000 would go to a corpus with a contribution from the government.

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​Salary for second, third and fourth years

For the second, third and fourth year, the Agniveers will receive a monthly salary of ₹ 33,000, ₹ 36,500 and ₹ 40,000 respectively.

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​No gratuity and pension

The recruits will not be entitled to gratuity and pensionary benefits and the new recruits will be provided non-contributory life insurance cover of Rs 48 lakh for the duration of their engagement period in the armed forces.

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​Seva Nidhi Package

Each Agniveer will receive an amount of ₹11.71 Lakhs as a ‘Seva Nidhi package’ and will be spared from paying income tax on this.

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​After 4 years

After the completion of 4 years, the Agniveers will have to go through a screen test and there will be "no compromise" on physical, medical and professional standards and parameters. Also, up to 25 percent of Agniveers of each specific batch will be re-listed in regular cadres of the armed forces.

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​Enrollment criteria

The ministry said, enrolment will be based on 'All India All Class' and candidates will go through an online centralized system for all three services.

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