Agnipath Yojana: Recruitment of 'Agniveers' to start on June 24

Agnipath Yojana: 

Amidst nationwide protests against the ‘Agnipath Yojana’, the central government is all set to roll out the controversial short-term military recruitment scheme. The government will issue a notification regarding this within two days and the recruitment process will start on June 24. 

Indian Army chief General Manoj Pandey and Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary made this announcement on Friday.

Talking to news agency ANI, Army Chief General Manoj Pandey said, “The recruitment process is going to start soon. Notification will be issued on within next 2 days. After that our army recruitment organization will announce the detailed schedule of registration and rally.”

The Indian Army chief said that as far as the recruitment of ‘Agniveers’ to the training centers is concerned, the training of the first Agniveers will start at the centers this December (in 2022). 

He said, “I think the youth do not have all the proper information about the Agnipath Yojana. Once they come to know about the scheme, they will believe that this scheme is not only beneficial for the youth but for all.”

Earlier, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief said that the government has announced the ‘Agnipath Yojana’, under which youth will be able to join the armed forces. 

“The earlier age criteria was 17.5 to 21 years. I am glad to announce that the upper age limit for the first recruitment under the ‘Agnipath Yojana’ has been revised to 23 years. The youth will benefit from this. IAF recruitment will start from June 24,” the IAF chief said.

Government allows two years’ relaxation

Giving a one-time relaxation, the Center had announced on June 16, 2022 that the upper age limit of recruitment through the ‘Agneepath Yojana’ has been increased from 21 years to 23 years. 

Releasing an official statement on the ‘Agnipath Yojana’, the defence ministry said that the upper age limit has been given one-time relaxation, as no recruitment has taken place in the last two years. Experts believe that the decision also comes in the backdrop of the Agneepath-related protests that are erupting in many parts of the country.


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