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Indian Air Force begins registration process for ‘Agneepath’ scheme MPNRC

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The government on June 16 had increased the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme from 21 to 23 years for the year 2022. (file photo)

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New Delhi: The recruitment process in the Indian Air Force under the ‘Agneepath’ scheme began with the opening of the registration window on Friday, a week after violent protests in several states.

“The registration window to apply for #Agniveervayu is open from 10 am today,” IAF said on Twitter.

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Unveiling the ‘Agneepath’ scheme on June 14, the government had said youth in the age group of 17-and-a-half to 21 years would be inducted for a four-year term, while 25 per cent of them would be included later. regular service.

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Violent protests against the scheme took place in many parts of the country. Several opposition parties and military experts criticized the plan, saying it would adversely affect the operational capabilities of the armed forces.

The government on June 16 had increased the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme from 21 to 23 years for the year 2022. Those recruited under the ‘Agneepath’ scheme will be called ‘Agniveer’.

The Army has said that the new scheme will ensure the youth profile of the defense forces and reduce the average age of soldiers from 32 to 26 years over time. The three army chiefs have strongly supported the plan, which was unveiled after more than two years of deliberation.

The monthly salary of an ‘Agniveer’ in the first year of employment would be ₹ 30,000. The in-hand amount would be ₹21,000 while the remaining ₹9,000 would go into a corpus with equal contribution from the government.

After this the monthly salary in the second, third and fourth year will be ₹ 33,000, ₹ 36,500 and ₹ 40,000. Each ‘Agniveer’ will get ₹11.71 lakh as ‘Service Fund Package’ on retirement which will be exempt from income tax.

The four-year tenure under the new scheme will include a training period of about two-and-a-half months to six months.

Also read: Maharashtra crisis: Why is the government so weak in Indian democracy, is the anti-defection law weak?

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