60,000 Youth Register For Recruitment Under Agnipath Scheme In Nagpur
The Indian Army is organising recruitment rallies across the country under the Agniveer programme following a nationwide agitation against this short-term recruitment scheme
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Agniveers' recruitment rally for the Indian Army is underway in Nagpur, says the district information officer on Saturday.
According to the official, almost 60,000 aspirants registered for the Agnipath recruitment rally. However, in June, widespread protests erupted across the country against the Agnipath scheme, a temporary recruiting scheme to recruit personnel below the officer rank.
The Indian Army has also organised a two-month pre-training under the Agniveer programme for Kashmiri youth living near the Line of Control (LOC) in the Baramulla district of Kashmir.
A similar recruitment rally for the “Agniveers” had already started on August 14 in Hisar, Haryana.
On July 24, the first examination was conducted under the new scheme for recruitment for the Indian Air Force.
The union cabinet announced the Agnipath recruitment programme for Indian youth to join the three services of the Armed Forces. The personnel chosen under this programme would be called Agniveers.
According to Defence Ministry, the armed forces' operational effectiveness will be enhanced by this Scheme. Younger forces are more fighting fit with fewer encumbrances and the risk-taking capability of this personnel would be higher.
"Agniveers" will be enrolled for 4 years of service, including the training phase. Based on merit, willingness, and physical fitness, 25 per cent of the Agniveers will be maintained or re-enlisted in the regular cadre after four years.
The remaining 75 per cent of "Agniveers" will be demobilised and given an exit package, or "Seva Nidhi," worth 11–12 lakh rupees, which will help them start other professions. This package will also include skill certifications and bank loans.