Agneepath Yojana: After the protest, the govt on the back foot, big changes were made in the scheme

When Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced the Agneepath scheme on June 14, the government had no idea that it would have to face such opposition. As soon as 48 hours passed, the future Agniveers came out on the road against this scheme and after passing 72 hours, the government started announcing changes in its scheme.

The Central Government launched the Agneepath recruitment scheme on 14 June with great enthusiasm. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh along with the three army chiefs explained the merits of the recruitment scheme in the army. It took a day or two for the youth of the country to understand this scheme. But as soon as the details of this scheme were understood by the youth, they came on the road.

Today many organizations have announced Bharat Bandh in protest against this plan. The most displeasure of the youth is about the service period of 4 years. Apart from the youth, the leaders also said that after starting a job in 18 years, the youth will become unemployed in 22 years, then what will happen to them after that?

On 16 -17 and 18 June, there was such a fierce opposition to this plan that the government came on the back foot. After this, the government made several changes in this scheme one after the other and tried to pacify the anger of the protesting students.

10% Reservation in Defense Ministry Recruitment

Agniveers

The most displeasure of the future Agniveers was what would happen to the 75 per cent of the cadre that were thrown out of the Agneepath scheme every year? The central government tried to find a solution for this.

Defense Ministry has announced that Agniveers who fulfill the required eligibility criteria will get up to 10% reservation in Defense Ministry jobs. This 10% reservation will be implemented in Indian Coast Guard and other civilian posts and all 16 Defense Public Sector Undertakings. This reservation will be in addition to the existing reservation for ex-servicemen.

10% reservation in CAPF recruitment

Earlier on Saturday, June 18, the Ministry of Home Affairs had made another announcement for the Agniveers. The Home Ministry said that when Agniveer comes out after 4 years of service, he will be given 10 percent reservation in Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Assam Rifles jobs.

Apart from this, there will be a relaxation of 3 years in the upper age limit in the recruitment of Agniveers in the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles. Whereas for the first batch of Agniveers, this relaxation will be 5 years.

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Age Relaxation

With the launch of the Agneepath scheme, many students expressed concern that there have been no recruitments in the last two years due to Corona. Therefore, they will fall outside the purview of the age limit required under the Agneepath scheme.

Explain that the age limit for reinstatement under the Agneepath scheme is from 17 and a half years to 21 years. After this protest by the students, the Defense Ministry made another amendment.

The Ministry of Defense said that the maximum age limit for recruitment under the Agneepath scheme has been increased from 21 to 23 years. However, this concession will be applicable only in the recruitment process of this year i.e. 2022. That is, only for the first year.

Let us inform that this decision has been taken due to no recruitment for the last two years due to Corona. In this way, Agniveer of 2022 batch will be able to apply for the jobs of Ministry of Defense till the age of 28 years. Whereas in general they will be eligible to apply for jobs in the Ministry of Defense for 26 years.

12th pass certificate

The minimum educational qualification for Agniveers is 10th pass. After that he had to work for 4 years. In this situation, he could have been worried about continuing his studies. To solve this problem, the Department of School Education, through the National Institute of Open School (NIOS), gave him the option of studying till 12th standard. For this NIOS is going to make necessary changes.

Bachelor Degree Special Course

Apart from this, the Ministry of Education has decided to launch a 3-year special skill-based bachelor’s degree for Agniveers. In this, priority will be given to the technical skills learned by the Agniveers during their 4 years of service. Sources said that this course is being designed in collaboration with IGNOU. In this course, 50 percent credit will be given only for skill training which is learned during the service of Agniveers.

Merchant Navy Recruitment

The Directorate General of Shipping under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways along with the Indian Navy has announced a mechanism for the smooth induction of Agniveers in the Merchant Navy. Under this, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has announced six attractive service areas for induction of Agniveers in various roles of the Merchant Navy of the Indian Navy after the tenure of Agniveers.

Majorly recruited in State Police Forces

Several state governments have announced that after serving in the armed forces for 4 years, preference will be given to Agniveers to fill vacancies in the state police forces. The training and discipline imparted to Agniveers by the Armed Forces will greatly benefit the State Police Forces and greatly enhance their capabilities in dealing with extremism, Naxalism and natural calamities.

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Many corporate houses and industry bodies have welcomed the new and transformative recruitment process for the Armed Forces. He said that well trained, disciplined and technically savvy youth who have served in the Armed Forces would prove to be a valuable asset to our organisations.

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