Agniveers will be given preference in CAPF recruiting after four years of service: Shah, Amit

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With concerns about the future of Agnipath recruits after their four-year military service, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that they will be given precedence for appointments in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and the Assam Rifles.

“@narendramodi’s Agnipath initiative is a visionary step for the country’s youth’s bright future.” In this regard, the home ministry has decided that Agniveers who have completed four years of service under the scheme will be given priority in recruitment to the CAPFs and the Assam Rifles,” Shah tweeted on Wednesday.

According to Shah, the youth who are trained through the scheme would be able to contribute to the nation’s service and security in the future. He stated that his government has initiated the process of developing a policy to carry out the declaration.

The government stated Tuesday that individuals recruited under the system on a short-term contractual basis will be named Agniveers, as part of Agnipath, a “major defence policy reform” for recruitment of soldiers, sailors, and airmen into the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

The initiative, according to the administration, will make the armed services “far more young and technically capable war fighting force by ensuring a fine balance between youthful and veteran soldiers.”

The Agnipath concept — previously known as Tour of Duty — is expected to make the permanent force levels in the approximately 13-lakh strong armed forces leaner.

The majority of soldiers will be out of the army in just four years under the plan. Only 25% of the 45,000 to 50,000 recruits each year will be allowed to continue under permanent commission for another 15 years. This will significantly cut the defence pension bill, which has long been a source of concern for governments.

Within 90 days, recruitment will begin, bringing “all India, all class” recruitment to the services. This is particularly important in the Army, where the regiment system is based on region and caste, which will be phased out over time to allow anyone from any caste, region, class, or religious background to join existing regiments.

“Efforts are being undertaken to ensure that the profile of the armed services is as youthful as the wider Indian populace,” Rajnath Singh said when announcing the initiative. A young military will make it easier for them to learn new technologies.

He claims that it will expand job prospects, and that such troops will be able to find work in a variety of industries as a result of their abilities and experience gained during their four-year duty. “This will also result in the economy having access to a higher-skilled workforce, which will help with productivity gains and overall GDP development,” Singh said.