New Delhi: Indian Air Force started the recruitment process under the Agnipath scheme on Friday. The registration window has opened; a week after violent protests that hit several states. The “Registration window to apply for # Agniveervayu is operational from 10 am today,” the IAF said on Twitter.
The government stated that youth between the ages of 17-and-a-half and 21 years old would be inducted for a four-year term, with 25% of them later being inducted for regular service.
Severe violence took place in several parts of the country against the recruitment scheme of Agnipath. Several opposition parties and military experts have criticised the scheme because its effects would be adverse on the armed forces.
Those who are recruited under the Agnipath scheme will be called “Agniveer.”
The Army has said the new scheme will ensure a youthful profile of the defence forces and result in a reduction of the average age of soldiers from 32 to 26 years over a period of time.
The three service chiefs came out strongly in favour of the Agnipath scheme, which was revealed after over two years of deliberations.
The monthly salary of an ‘Agniveer‘ in the first year of employment will be Rs 30,000. The in-hand amount will be Rs 21,000 while the rest of Rs 9,000 will go to a corpus with an equal contribution from the government.
Subsequently, the monthly salary in the second, third, and fourth year will be Rs 33,000, Rs 36,500, and Rs 40,000, respectively.
Each ‘Agniveer’ will get Rs 11.71 lakh as a “Seva Nidhi Package” at the time of retirement, and the amount would be free from income tax.
The four-year tenure under the new scheme will include around two-and-a-half months to six months of training.