The government on Thursday night raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the Agneepath scheme from 21 to 23 years for 2022, amid widespread protests against the new model for enrolling soldiers in the three services.
Underlining that the intention of the government is very clear, and it is sensitive, the Union Minister
Singh said that the recruitment process will start in a few days and requested all the youth to start preparing for it.
Appreciating the government’s decision to increase the maximum age limit under the Agneepath scheme, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi said that this decision will inspire the youth of the country to show courage and serve the nation through the Agneepath scheme.
He said, our ‘Agniveer’ dedicated to the service of ‘Bharat Mata’ will prove to be an invaluable fund for the country.
Amid the protests, Union Minister Anurag Thakur posted a video on his Twitter, in which he was seen interacting with a group of youth in his constituency Hamirpur and clearing their doubts about the scheme.
“Cleared doubts and apprised the youth about the Government of India’s vision behind this scheme,” Thakur said, adding that he told them that the Agneepath scheme is an innovative effort to make the youth serve the country. army and provide them employment-skill opportunities.
Thakur said that during the four years of service under the Agneepath scheme, Agneepath would get around Rs 20 lakh in salary and a lump sum amount of Rs 10-12 lakh on completion of tenure, besides other benefits.
Unveiling the scheme on Tuesday, the government said youth in the age group of 17-and-a-half to 21 years would be inducted for a four-year term, while 25 per cent of the recruits would be retained for regular service. The maximum age limit was raised to 23 years on Thursday.
New scheme for recruitment of soldiers in Army, Navy and Air Force It was introduced by the government as a major overhaul of the decades old selection process to raise the youth profile of the three services.