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Agnipath Yojana

This topic of “Agnipath Yojana” is important from the perspective of the UPSC IAS Examination, which falls under General Studies Portion.

Introduction

  • Scheme by Department of Military Affairs, MoD
  • Aims to improve battle preparedness with more energetic, fitter, diverse, and trainable youth

Ministry/Agency

  • Department of Military Affairs, MoD

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Objectives

  • Impart rigorous military training to youth aged between 17.5 to 23 years
  • Empower, discipline & skill youth with a military ethos
  • Recruit 46,000 Agniveers in 2022
  • Enroll 25% of Agniveers in Armed Forces as a regular cadre

Benefits

  • Monthly financial package up to ₹6,92,000 for the 4th year
  • Risk & Hardship Allowance
  • Disability compensation of ₹15,00,000-₹44,00,000 depending on percentage of disability
  • Death compensation of ₹92,00,000
  • Pay for unserved portions up to four years including the “Seva Nidhi” component
  • In-service training recognized by Ministry of Education for graduation credits
  • Opportunity to pursue civilian careers of choice

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India
  • Age of applicant must be between 17.5 and 23 years for 2022 intake, and between 17.5 and 21 years for subsequent intakes
  • Educational qualifications, physical, and medical standards set by Indian Army / Indian Navy / Indian Air Force
  • Scheme applicable at the soldier (jawan) level, not officer level

Implementation Strategy

  • Provide rigorous military training to eligible youth
  • Enroll them as “Agniveers” for four years
  • 25% of Agniveers to be enrolled in Armed Forces as a regular cadre
  • Offer financial and other benefits to Agniveers

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