Right or wrong?


The Union Cabinet approved a recruitment scheme called Agnipath for Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces. The scheme allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years. Agnipath scheme entails a recruitment process for individuals with ranks below that of officers, with the goal of deploying fitter, younger troops on the front lines. The youth joining the armed forces under Agnipath scheme will be known as Agniveers. Men and women between the ages of 17.5 and 21 will be recruited for the armed forces under this scheme. But the scheme is for personnel below officer rank (PBOR) recruited for four years. They would form a distinct rank in the Armed Forces, different from any other existing ranks. Upon the completion of four years of service, based on organizational requirements and policies promulgated by the Armed Forces from time to time, Agniveers will be offered an opportunity to apply for permanent enrolment in the Armed Forces. Many say they are concerned that a combat soldier cannot be trained in four years, and the scheme thus compromises national security. They add that the tenure of a soldier or sailor or airman under the Agnipath scheme would be chock-a-block with activities. In his four-year tenure, the recruitment training, authorized leaves, and temporary duties would eat up to 90 weeks.