Govt raises age limit for Agniveers to 23; opens various post-service avenues In a welcome move, the government of India has announced a change in recruiting ‘Agniveers’ as the upper age limit for candidates will now be increased to 23 from 21 as a one-time waiver. Granting a one-time waiver, the Union government declared that the Agniveer upper age limit for recruitments via Agnipath Scheme has been extended to 23 years from 21 years. Issuing an official statement on Agnipath Scheme, the Ministry of Defence mentioned that the one-time waiver in the upper age limit has been granted as recruitments during the two years had not been possible. Cognizant of the fact that it had not been possible to undertake the recruitment during the last two years, the Government has decided that a one-time waiver shall be granted for the proposed recruitment cycle for 2022, the statement mentioned. A statement by PIB read, “The Government has decided that a one-time waiver shall be granted for the proposed recruitment cycle for 2022. Accordingly, the upper age limit for the recruitment process for Agnipath scheme for 2022 is increased to 23 years.” The way forward for Agniveers It is pertinent to note that the Union Government has also asserted that the intake in the defence forces will be tripled in the coming years, in comparison to present recruitment. Further, several avenues have also been opened after the four-year tenures of Agniveers. Interacting with media, Army vice-chief Lt-General B S Raju said,”That Indian Army would progressively scale up the annual recruitment from 40,000 Agniveers this year to 1.2 lakh by the seventh or eighth year and then 1.6 lakh by the tenth or eleventh year under the Agnipath scheme.” The eventual aim is to have a 50:50 ratio of regular cadre soldiers and Agniveers, he said ‘Agniveers’ to get job preference in state government Various states have also announced the job preferences for ‘Agniveers’ after the completion of their 4 years tenure in the state police and allied forces. States like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have declared that ‘Agniveers’ recruited in the Indian Armed Forces under the revolutionary ‘Agnipath’ scheme will be given preference. Paving way for the future of ‘Agniveers’ after their four-year service in the armed forces, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also announced that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will give priority to them in getting recruitment to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) include forces such as Assam Rifles (AR), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Unveiling the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that upon the completion of four years of Agniveers, many central ministries and states governments including Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) & corporations will give priority to them in job opportunities.” In the coming days, you will get the announcement by various state governments and ministries regarding the priority in job opportunities to Agniveers, the Defence Minister said. Under Agnipath recruitment policy, soldiers (between the ages of 17.5 years and 21 years) recruited in the defence forces will be inducted as ‘Agniveers’ – a distinct rank in the Armed Forces, different from any other existing rank. Once selected, the aspirants will go through training for six months and then they will be deployed for three and a half years. During this period, they will be provided an attractive monthly package of Rs 30,000 per month with upgradation upto Rs 40,000 per month in 4th year.

Govt raises age limit for Agniveers to 23, opens various post-service avenues In a welcome mov…

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