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What exactly is the Agneepath Scheme?

The Agneepath Scheme is a central government recruitment program in which eligible applicants would serve as Agniveers in the Indian Armed Forces for four years. After completing the four-year program, Aginveers will return to society as a disciplined, vibrant, motivated, and talented workforce to explore their career in the vocation of their choosing.

The Agneepath Scheme is a move that has been taken to recruit 46,000+ Agniveers to the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and India Air Force. The admission through the Agneepath Scheme would be for a term of four years at first. During these four years, recruits would be schooled in the necessary capabilities by the armed forces. The Agnipath recruitment strategy is a game-changing effort that will give the armed forces a young face. Under the new policy, women will be enrolled in the armed forces, according to Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar. Officials emphasised, however, that the scheme’s recruitment of women will be based on the needs of the individual forces.

Benefits and Drawbacks of the Agneepath Scheme

With the publication of the revised Agneepath Scheme, certain pros and cons have been discussed, as follows:


1. A fundamental shift in military recruiting practices.

2. A unique opportunity for young people to assist the nation and make a significant contribution to nation-building.

3. A young and vibrant persona for the military.

4. A fantastic financial deal for the Agniveers.

5. Agniveers can undergo training from the best universities and hone their abilities and qualifications.

6. Agniveers will receive a tantalizing monthly package customized specifically for them. As well as Risk and Hardship payments for the three services as needed


1. There is no pilot scheme to analyze the plan.

2. It will erode military culture, professionalism, and combat zeal.

3. It takes 7-8 years to prepare a soldier for combat.

4. Agniveers will be vigilant, and the majority will be looking for a second job.

5. May result in the militarization of society and the annual unemployment of 35,000 war-experienced adolescents.

Photograph:( AFP )
Photograph:( AFP )

Protests Against the Agneepath Scheme

Thousands of young people are demonstrating across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Haryana. Friday marked the third day of protests against the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme. The plan to recruit most soldiers for only four years will harm the Army’s professionalism, regimental culture, and combat spirit. Bihar’s protests have spread to UP, Haryana, and MP.

• Protesters believe their future is jeopardized under the new arrangement. They want to work for the entire 15 years under the current system since it provides higher pay and opportunities for advancement to senior positions with pension benefits.

• While the recruited Agniveers would be paid a lump amount of Rs 11.5 lakh after four years of service, they will not receive any pension or gratuity. Pensions in the new scheme differ from those in the previous system. Previously, the military signed up for a 17-year commitment, which may be extended for some personnel. As a result, he received a lifetime pension.

• Protesters also believe that there will be no job guarantees after four years of training, simply skill training.

Protesters are also upset because the government introduced the initiative without seeking input or contacting ordinary Indians who have spent years preparing for the prestigious position.

• Some military veterans have also criticised the idea, claiming that it will harm the operation of the armed services.

• In response to complaints that the short-term tenure of ‘Agniveers’ will undermine the effectiveness of the armed forces, officials stated that such a system already exists in other nations and is thus tested and regarded as best practice for an agile army.


To assist the Armed Forces in presenting an image that is consistent with its current age, the AGNEEPATH plan was developed. It is anticipated that the implementation of this approach will result in a reduction of approximately 4-5 years in the average age profile of the Indian Armed Forces. It will provide an opportunity to attract young talent who are more in tune with contemporary technological trends and plough back skilled, disciplined, and motivated manpower into the society.

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