Soldier Recruitment Scheme: The country’s top military officials, including the chiefs of the three services, on Saturday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the new ‘Agneepath’ recruitment scheme to induct soldiers into the three defense services. The plan is likely to be approved by the Union Cabinet in the coming week as the defense forces have started preparations for its rollout.
Government sources said the Prime Minister was briefed about the Agneepath recruitment scheme on Saturday by top military officials, including the chiefs of three defense forces and officials of the Department of Military Affairs, according to ANI. The planning and preparation of this scheme has been done by the Department of Military Affairs under the leadership of Additional Secretary Lt Gen Anil Puri.
Recruitment after six months of initial training
As per the initial plans, after an initial training of about six months, around 20-25 per cent of the recruited youths (who will be known as ‘agnivars’), will be given longer tenures, while others will be released with a package. Which will be around 10 to 12 lakh rupees.
Sources said that if the project goes according to plan, the recruitment process for the first batch of ‘agniveers’ could start in the next three to four months. The forces will also have the option of recruiting specialists for specific tasks who will perform the desired role. As per the plan, the soldiers who have been released from service will be provided assistance for appointment in civilian jobs. Many corporates have shown interest in availing the services of such ‘Agniwar’ as they would benefit from hiring such trained military-trained disciplined manpower. The recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces has been stopped during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
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