Government clears Agnipath scheme for recruitment in armed forces

The scheme is a major defence policy reform introduced by the Indian Government to usher in a new era in the human resource policy of the three services.

Government clears Agnipath scheme for recruitment in armed forces
(L to R) Chief of Indian Army staff General Manoj Pande, Chief of Air staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar attend a press conference in New Delhi on June 14, 2022. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

The Union Cabinet recently approved the Agnipath scheme – a recruitment program for Indian youth to serve in the armed forces. The scheme will allow young Indians to serve in the country’s Armed Forces for a period of four years and the youth selected under this will be known as Agniveers.

A government statement said that the scheme has been designed to enable a youthful profile to the armed forces. It is expected that the average age of the soldiers in the Indian Armed forces would come down by about 4-5 years due to the implementation of this scheme.

(L to R) Chief of Indian Army staff General Manoj Pande, Chief of Air staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar during the launch of the Agnipath scheme. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt