Why Army Job Aspirants are Protesting Against Agnipath Scheme? What are the demands of candidates?

Why Army Job Aspirants are Protesting Against Agnipath Scheme: A day after the Centre launched Agnipath recruitment plan for the armed forces, protests have erupted at various parts of the country. Candidates preparing for jobs in the Indian army and other defence forces have started protests in different parts of the country. The aspirants who were waiting for the defence recruitment process to start for two years now are upset with major changes introduced in the recruitment scheme introduced under the Agneepath scheme. Click here to Join whatsapp/ telegram study group 

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Candidates protest against Agneepath Scheme for Recruitment in Indian Army, Navy and Airforce

The candidates preparing for the army recruitment exams have jammed the railway track. A large section of students blocked the national highway, burnt tyres and raised slogans against the new scheme

Protests broke out in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Buxar, with the protesters asking what they will do after four years.

What is Agneepath Yojana?

The new recruitment plan aims to cut down government’s massive salary and pension bills and free up funds for arms procurement.

Under the scheme, about 45,000 people between the age of 17.5 years and 21 years will be inducted into the services for a four-year tenure. During this period, they will be paid a monthly salary between ₹ 30,000-40,000 plus allowances. They will also be entitled to medical and insurance benefits.

After four years, only 25 per cent of these soldiers will be retained and they will go on to serve for a full 15 years in non-officer ranks. The remaining will exit the services with a package between ₹ 11 lakh – ₹ 12 lakh, but won’t be eligible for pension benefits.

What are the demands of students?

The new policy has drawn criticism and questions from several quarters, including a section of veterans. Critics have been argued that a four-year tenure will hit fighting spirit in the ranks and can also make them risk-averse.

Candidates demand that this recruitment scheme should be removed as this is not a permanent job. Candidates would be left jobless after 4 years of service and then they will have to start preparation for another job again after 4 years.

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