Amid violent protests in a number of states and bitter criticism from many veterans over the not too long ago introduced Agnipath scheme, the federal government right this moment unofficially launched a “Myths vs Information” doc addressing essentially the most urgent issues raised on the unconventional recruitment plan for the armed forces, authorities sources mentioned.
The commonest difficulty raised by protesters is that the four-year length could be very brief and their future would look insecure.
The federal government has mentioned that these wishing to be entrepreneurs after their service as Agniveers will get a monetary bundle and financial institution mortgage scheme. These wishing to check additional can be given a twelfth class equal certificates and a bridging course for additional research, and those that need salaried jobs can be given precedence in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and state police. “A number of avenues are additionally being opened up for them in different sectors,” it added.
On whether or not alternatives for youth to serve within the armed forces will lower, the doc mentioned it might relatively enhance. “Within the coming years, recruitment of Agniveers can be round triple of the present recruitment in armed forces,” it mentioned.
One other concern raised by former military officers is that regimental bonding can be affected due to Agnipath. “No change is being performed to the regimental system. Actually, it will likely be additional accentuated as a result of the very best of Agniveers can be chosen, additional boosting the cohesiveness of the unit,” the federal government has responded.
On whether or not this scheme will hurt the effectiveness of the armed forces, the federal government has referred to as it a delusion and clarified that the quantity of Agniveers to be recruited within the first 12 months would solely make up 3 per cent of the armed forces.
“Moreover, the efficiency of the Agniveers can be examined earlier than re-induction within the military after 4 years. Therefore, Military will get examined and tried personnel for supervisory ranks,” it mentioned.
It identified that such a short-term enlistment system exists in most international locations “and therefore is already examined out and thought of finest apply for a youthful and agile military”.
Responding to criticism that 21-year-olds are immature and unreliable for the military, it mentioned that almost all armies internationally depend on their youths.
It additionally clarified that at no time limit will there be extra kids than skilled folks. “The current scheme will solely carry a few right combination of fifty%-50%, slowly in a really long term, of kids and skilled supervisory ranks,” it mentioned.
Many have raised the difficulty that 21-year-old youth with skilled arms coaching who may not have a job may very well be weak to becoming a member of terrorist teams or “anti-national” forces, the federal government termed it “an insult to the ethos and values of the Indian armed forces”.
Kids who’ve worn the uniform for 4 years will stay dedicated to the nation for the remainder of their lives, it mentioned, mentioning that even now 1000’s retire from the armed forces with expertise however “there haven’t been any situations” of them becoming a member of anti-national forces.
Many former officers have been upset that they weren’t consulted earlier than this huge transfer was introduced. The federal government didn’t immediately reply to the cost however mentioned that “intensive consultations” have been held with serving armed forces officers for the final two years.
“The proposal has been framed by the Division of Navy Officers staffed by Navy officers. The division itself is a creation of this authorities. Many former officers have recognised some great benefits of the scheme and welcomed it,” it mentioned.