Indian Air Force launches registration process for ‘Agnipath’ program OCN NEWS

On June 16, the government had raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the program to 23, from 21 for the year 2022. (File photo)

New Delhi: The recruitment process for the Indian Air Force under the “Agnipath” program began on Friday with the opening of the registration window, a week after violent protests in several states.

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

In unveiling the ‘Agnipath’ scheme on June 14, the government said young people aged 17½ to 21 would be inducted for a four-year term, while 25% of them will then be inducted for regular service. .

Several parts of the country have witnessed violent protests against the project. A number of opposition parties and military experts have criticized the draft, saying it will have a negative impact on the operational capabilities of the armed forces.

On June 16, the government raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme to 23 years against 21 for the year 2022. People recruited under the “Agnipath” scheme will be called “Agniveer”.

The army said the new program will ensure a youthful profile of the defense forces and lead to a reduction in the average age of soldiers from 32 to 26 over a period of time. All three department heads strongly supported the project, which was unveiled after more than two years of deliberation.

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

Thereafter, the monthly salary for the second, third and fourth years will be ₹33,000, ₹36,500 and ₹40,000. Each ‘Agniveer’ will receive ₹11.71 lakh as ‘Seva Nidhi Package’ upon retirement which will be exempt from income tax.

The four-year term under the new program will include approximately two and a half to six months of the training period.

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