Updated 16 Jun 2022, 6:35 am
The Agniveer tenure (youth selected for AGNIPATH scheme) would certainly be a big plus towards nation building as they will be serving in the armed forces for a period of four years, said GOC of 57 Mountain Division major general Navin Sachdeva on Wednesday.
He was stressing on the AGNIPATH scheme which was approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday while speaking to the media at the auditorium of Red Shield Division in Leimakhong Army base, Kangpokpi district.
AGNIPATH is a recruitment scheme for patriotic and motivated youths (between 17.5 to 21 years) to serve in the armed forces. This year the government is planning to recruit 46,000 Agniveers from across the country, Sachdeva informed.
He said that the central government has decided to enrol upto 25 per cent of each specific batch of Agniveers in regular cadre of the armed forces. The educational qualification for Agniveers will remain in vogue for enrolment in various categories of the armed forces, he added.
It is envisaged that average age profile of Indian armed forces would come down by about four-five years by implementation of this scheme, he said, adding that the nation stands to 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.
Stating that the dividends of a short military service to the nation, society and the youth of the nation are immense, he said this includes inculcation of patriotism, team work, enhancement of physical fitness, ingrained loyalty for the country and availability of trained personnel to boost national security in times of external threats, internal threats and natural disasters.
Highlighting the various benefits which will be enjoyed by the Agniveers, the GOC said that the Agniveers will be given an attractive customised monthly package along with risk and hardship allowances as applicable in the three services (army, navy and air force).
He said, on completion of the engagement period of four years, Agniveers will be paid one time “SevaNidhi” package amounting to approximately Rs 11.71 lakh which will be exempted from income tax.
Moreover, the Agniveers will be provided non-contributory life insurance cover of Rs 48 lakh for the duration of their engagement period, he said, adding they will be imparted with various military skills and experience, discipline, physical fitness, leadership qualities, courage and patriotism.
Post this stint of four years, the Agniveers will be infused into the civil society where they can contribute immensely towards the nation building process and the skills gained by each Agniveer will be recognised in a certificate to form part of his unique resume, he added.
First published:16 Jun 2022, 6:07 am