New Delhi, June 20: The Indian Army on Monday issued a notification regarding the recruitments of Agniveers under the Agnipath recruitment scheme.
The Army has informed that the online registration that will commence from July on the force’s recruitment website is mandatory for all the aspirants.
The Army further said that the Agniveers will be given a distinct rank in the Indian Army, which would be different from any other existing ranks.
It said a “distinctive insignia” will be worn by the Agniveers on their uniform during their service period and that detailed instructions on it will be issued separately.
The Army also mentioned that based on organisational requirements and policies, ‘Agniveers’, on completion of their engagement period in each batch, will be offered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the regular cadre.
“Agniveers so enrolled as regular cadre would be required to serve for a further engagement period of 15 years and will be governed by terms and conditions of service (of Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Ranks) currently in vogue,” it said.
However, the Army has informed that the release of an Agniveer at own request prior to completion of terms of engagement is not permitted.
“However, in most exceptional cases, personnel enrolled under this scheme may be released, if sanctioned by the competent authority,” the statement said.
“With the introduction of this scheme, the enrolment of soldiers in the regular cadre of the Indian Army, except technical cadres of medical branch, will be available only to those personnel who have completed their engagement period as Agniveer,” it added.
As per the Army’s statement, the ‘Agniveers’ will be eligible for 30 days leave in a year as against 90 days for those in regular service. Medical leave will be granted based on medical advice.
The Army said 30 per cent of the monthly salary of the Agniveers will be compulsorily deposited in a corpus and an equal amount will be contributed by the government.
The Ministry of Defence, on Tuesday, unveiled the “Agnipath” scheme which is a pan-India merit-based recruitment scheme for enrolling soldiers, airmen and sailors. It is a transformative initiative that will provide a youthful profile to the armed forces. Under this scheme, youngsters will be provided an opportunity to serve in the armed forces as “Agniveer”.
It provides an opportunity for youth to serve in the regular cadre of the armed forces for a period of 4 years including the training period. Agniveers shall be recruited between the ages of 17.5 to 21 years. Candidates who are 10th /12th pass can apply for the recruitment process.