Agnipath scheme: Govt unveils radical changes in recruitment of army personnel

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India unveiled a new scheme called ‘Agnipath’ today for the recruitment of troopers in the army, the navy and the air force, largely on a short-term contractual basis, with an aim to cut the ballooning salary and pensions bill, reported PTI.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as per PTI announced the new scheme at a media briefing, shortly after the Cabinet Committee on Security approved it.

“The Agnipath recruitment scheme is a transformative initiative that will provide a youthful profile to the armed forces,” Singh said as per PTI.

The revolutionary changes in the recruitment process will see the induction of the troopers initially for a period of four years and some of them would be retained.

The ‘Agnipath’ scheme, earlier christened as ‘Tour of Duty’, was launched in the presence of the chiefs of the three services. The new scheme was announced after extensive deliberations on it over the last two years.

The troopers to be recruited under the scheme will be called ‘Agniveer’.

Currently, the army recruits young people under the short service commission for an initial tenure of 10 years, which is extendable up to 14 years.

The scheme is aimed at slashing the salary and pension bills of the three services, which have been increasing rapidly.

The defence budget of Rs 5,25,166 crore for 2022-23 included Rs 1,19,696 crore for defence pensions.

The allocation for revenue expenditure was Rs 2,33,000 crore. The revenue expenditure includes the expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments.

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