Thursday, November 24 2022

The Center and a number of state governments announced a number of incentives for soldiers recruited under the Agnipath program, nicknamed Agniveers, and released after four years of service amid nationwide protests against the program.

Protesters say the scheme, under which soldiers would be recruited for four years and then only 25% retained for permanent service and the rest fired, takes away job security and makes the future uncertain after four years on duty.

To address this, the Center and some state governments announced a number of measures, ranging from booking vacancies to ensuring they would be preferred in state jobs.

Here we list the incentives by various Union Departments and State Governments for Agniveers.

Reservation at the Ministry of Defense

At the time of the Agnipath program announcement, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had said that several ministries, public sector enterprises (PSUs) and state governments had indicated that they would take Agniveers after their release from service.

Singh said on Saturday that 10% of vacancies in the Ministry of Defense would be reserved for Agniveers.

“The 10% reserve will be implemented in the Indian Coast Guard and Civilian Defense Posts, as well as the 16 Public Sector Defense Companies. This reserve would be in addition to the existing reserve for former servicemen “Singh’s office said in a tweet.

Reservation in Union Home Ministry

The Union Home Office has announced that 10% of jobs will be reserved for Agniveers in the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Assam Rifles. He also announced age-related relaxations.

The Union Home Secretary’s office said: “The MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] also decides to grant an age relaxation of three years beyond the upper age limit prescribed to Agniveers for recruitment into the CAPFs and Assam Rifles. Additionally, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age easing will be five years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”

Union Ministry of Sports and Youth

Union Sports and Youth Minister Anurag Thakur has said his ministry is ‘seriously’ considering offering a short-term course for Agniveers to enable them to get jobs as coaches in the sector sports or physics teachers in schools and colleges.

He said: “When they are so fit that they can join the army, many of them would also be associated with sports. . We are thinking about it very seriously.”

Union Ministry of Civil Aviation

Listing the type of jobs the Union Civil Aviation Department would offer Agniveers, he said: “Civil Aviation looks forward to integrating the highly skilled, disciplined and motivated Agniveers into its various departments and give them wings to fly.”

The jobs listed for Agniveers are:

  • Air traffic services
  • Aircraft technicians
  • Aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul
  • Air Accident Investigator Weather Services
  • Flight safety, administrative, IT, communications
  • Logistics, supply chain management

Union Merchant Marine Department Scheme for Agniveers

The Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) announced on Saturday that six service lanes would be opened for Agniveers.

It will provide Agniveers with the necessary training, naval experience and professional certification to join the remunerative merchant navy across the world, according to the ministry.

The ministry said: “These programs for Agniveers include the transition from Indian Navy Assessments to Certified Merchant Navy Assessments, the transition from Indian Navy Electrical Assessments to Certified Merchant Marine Electrical Assessments, the transition from Indian Navy to Certified Class IV- NCV CoC holder in Merchant Navy, Transition from Electrical Qualifications in Indian Navy to Certified Electrical Officers in Merchant Navy and Transition from Cook in Indian Navy to Certified Cook in Merchant Navy.

Union Finance Ministry explores avenues for Agniveers

The Union Ministry of Finance has arranged a meeting with heads of public sector banks and financial institutions to explore employment opportunities for Agniveers in their respective organizations.

It was decided at the meeting that public sector banks, insurance companies and financial institutions would explore employment opportunities for Agniveers in appropriate capacities based on their educational qualifications and skills through appropriate relaxations. , according to The Tribune newspaper.

Incentives for education and skills development

The idea behind Agnipath is that the soldier would be sufficiently qualified when he leaves his service to be able to find a job in the civilian world. For this, a number of announcements have been made, ranging from continuing education to distance learning.

India today reported, “The Department of School Education and Literacy, through its autonomous institution, the National Institute of Open Learning, has announced that it will set up a special program in consultation with the defense authorities to enable 10th-pass Agniveers to continue their education and earn a 12th Certificate of Achievement by developing customized courses that are not only current but highly relevant to their area of ​​service.”

In addition, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Armed Forces to offer Agniveers a special three-year competency-based bachelor’s degree program.

A senior Ministry of Education official said, “The curriculum will recognize the continuing education received by Agniveeres as credit towards graduation and open up opportunities for them to pursue civilian careers of their choice. Under the program, 50% of the credits required for a graduate degree will come from vocational training – both technical and non-technical, received by Agnivirs [during their service].”

The Union Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) will also be involved with Agniveers, which will provide them with certification of the skills they would learn during their service. The idea is that this certification would help Agniveers find employment in the civilian world.

He said: “All Skill India organizations – Directorate General of Training (DGT), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), various sector skills councils, entrepreneurship institutes NIESBUD and IIE, as well as the regulator of NCVET skills – will be linked to this exercise to ensure that Agniveers obtain the required skill certifications related to their professional roles during their service.”

States have also announced incentives

In addition to the Union Departments listed above, a number of state governments have also made announcements for Agniveers released after four years of military service.

Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the UP government will give priority to Agniveers in the recruitment of police and allied state services.

Madhya Pradesh

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said the Madhya Pradesh government will give priority to Agniveers in state police recruitment.

Uttarakhand

ANI quoted Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami as saying Agniveers released after four years would be inducted into Uttarakhand Police, Disaster Management and Char Dham Management in the state.

assam

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said every Agniveer who is a permanent resident of the state would be absorbed into the state police upon their release from the army.

India time quoted him as saying: “We have decided that anyone who is a permanent resident of Assam and who leaves the Agnipath program at the end of his term will be recruited into the Assam Police. He will be experienced with the army training.

“After four years, 25% of them will be retained by the army and therefore there will be around 500 young people who will come out. world. who come out as Agniveers in our state police.”

Haryana

Without giving details, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that Agniveers would be given priority in state jobs.

ANI quoted him as saying, “On behalf of the government of Haryana, I assure everyone that the 75% of agniveers [released after four years of service] will have priority in government jobs, if they want one. Similar programs prioritizing them will also be implemented in other jobs.”

Karnataka

State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said the state government will soon come up with a policy to reserve police posts for Agniveers.

The new Indian Express quoted him as saying: “Now we have a reservation for ex-servicemen in the police and fire services. Apart from that we will give more reservation because young people between 26 and 27 will have received training military.”

(With PTI inputs)

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