Numerous young people have demonstrated against the Central Government’s Agneepath Yojana programme.
The opposition parties came out in support of them. Under the plan, however, the ‘Agniveer’ has been guaranteed work after retirement by the Centre as well as several state governments and corporations.
Even if the campaign against the ‘Agneepath’ programme is raging in different regions of the country, the ‘Agniveer’ receives the promise of job nearly every day. After four years of contractual military duty, Agniveers have a great deal of work. What have they been promised up to this point?
Agneepath Yojana: What is Agneepath Scheme?
Tuesday, June 14, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced the “Agneepath” programme. According to a statement made by the government of Narendra Modi, candidates would be hired on a contract basis for a term of four years in the three branches of the Indian armed forces, namely the land, navy, and air force. Individuals between the ages of 17 and 21 can join. Later, however, the age limit was raised to 23 years. The soldier’s name will be “Agniveer.”
Agneepath Scheme: Benefits to the Central Government
The central government stated that Agniveers will receive a monthly pay of Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000. At the conclusion of the four-year contract, 25% of “Agniveer” will be conscripted into the military. The remainder will receive Rs 11-12 lakh in a lump sum upon retirement. Those who join the programme will not receive a pension.
Protests and Movements in Agneepath’s Plan
Numerous youths have demonstrated against the central government’s plan. The opposition parties came out in support of them. While Rajnath Singh referred to it as a “historic move,” former Congress president Rahul Gandhi urged that the prime minister retract the decision and apologise to the youth.
In addition to the political party protests, a portion of the youth also participated in the movement. Several states, notably Bengal, Bihar, Telangana, Haryana, and Maharashtra, have suffered the effects of this nationwide movement. Protesters have engaged in vandalism, train and road blockades, and violent movements.
Agneepath Scheme: Benefits after Retirement
Even if the movement is intense, the ‘Agniveer’ has been assured work after retirement by the Centre and various state governments under the scheme:
- Thursday, the union administration pledged to reserve 10% of positions in the Home and Defense ministries for ‘Agniveers.
- Saturday, following a meeting with Army Chief General Manoj Pandey, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chowdhary, Rajnath announced that 10% of Indian Coast Guard positions will be earmarked for Agnivesers. The same is true for sixteen state-owned firms within the Department of Defense.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared that 10% of slots in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles will be earmarked for Agniveers. The Ministry of Home Affairs also announced that Agniveers will be exempted from the scheme’s age limit for joining CAPFS and Assam Rifles for an additional three years. The duration has been extended to five years for the initial cohort of Agniveers.
- The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has announced that the incorporation of Agniveers in six service branches, including the merchant navy, will be viewed as ensuring a seamless accession.
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation has pledged to make efforts to recruit technically competent Agniveers for various purposes.
- The National Institute of Open Schooling has stated that it will offer 10th and 12th grade completion courses for Agniveers involved in the programme. This certificate can be used to enter higher education institutions nationwide.
- The plan, according to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, is to employ retired Agniveers in all state-owned firms within the housing and petroleum ministries.
- The Union Ministry of Education has agreed to implement a three-year, specialised technical undergraduate programme for Agniveers.
- In addition to several central government ministries, state governments governed by the BJP have also made numerous pledges. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has stated that Agniveers will be given precedence in connected state activities, including police.
- Manohar Lal Khattar, chief minister of Haryana, said that Agniveers will be given preference for employment.
- The government of Madhya Pradesh has stated that after serving in the military, the state police will first consider recruiting Agniveers.
- Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, declared that those who spend four years in the programme will be given preference in the state police recruiting procedure.
- The government of Karnataka has made the same pledge.
- In addition to the government, a number of industrialists have lent their support to the initiative. Anand Mahindra announced on Monday that the Mahindra group welcomes qualified and worthy youth (Agniveers).
- Harsh Goenka, an industrialist, has made nearly the same pledge. On Monday, he tweeted, “The RPG welcomes the chance to recruit Agniveers. Hopefully, additional corporations will accept this commitment and safeguard the future of our young.