Published on: January 17, 2023

Agnipath scheme

Agnipath scheme

Why in news?  Prime Minister virtually addressed the first batch of Agniveers undergoing training at various centres across the country


  • This scheme was termed as “transformative policy” and “game changer” in strengthening the armed forces.
  • Around 270 women recruits among the close to 2,800 Agniveers recruited in the first batch by the Navy.

Welfare schemes for Agniveers

  • Reservation is being ensured for Agniveers for a number of posts in various departments of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Central Armed Police Forces and Ministry of Railways.
  • Arrangements are being made jointly by the MoD and Ministry of Education to ensure proper education to the Agniveers.”
  • Collaboration with the Finance Ministry, arrangements were being made to provide loans at reasonable rates to the Agniveers who wish to start self-employment or any business after service.

About Agnipath scheme

  • It is a tour of duty style scheme introduced by the Government of India for recruitment of soldiers below the rank of commissioned officers into the three services of the armed forces.
  • The scheme is for both male and female aspirants of age group 5 to 21 years
  • Recruitment through this scheme is to be twice a year for the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force
  • Period of service : 4 years(Include training for six months followed by 3.5 years deployment)
  • Personnel recruited under this system are to be called Agniveers (Fire-Warriors), which will be a new military rank.
  • This scheme will bypass many things including long tenures, pension and other benefits which were there in old system
  • Only 25 percent of the total strength of the retiring batch will be selected for the permanent cadre