Indian Army Proposes Significant Revisions to Agnipath Initiative

    Indian Army proposes enhancements to Agnipath scheme, aiming to boost Agniveer inclusion to 60–70%. Operational efficiency and concerns addressed.

    After reviewing the Agnipath scheme, the Indian Army has offered a number of improvement suggestions. Among these are plans to raise the current 25 percent of Agniveers—who join regular service after four years—to 60–70 percent.

    Examine and Express Concerns

    Concerns over the Agnipath initiative were voiced by NDA partners JDU and LJP (Ram Vilas) following the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. They implored the authorities to examine it. In order to guarantee the seamless integration of Agniveers and preserve “operational efficiency,” the Indian Army has recently carried out a review.

    Ideas for Enhancement

    The armed forces and the defense ministry are reportedly assessing the Agnipath scheme’s utility, according to sources in the defense and security establishment. The Indian Army recommended extending the term of duty from four to seven or eight years. They also suggested making Agniveers’ entry age into the technical field 23 years old. They recommended that departure management be left to a professional organization and that ex-gratia be given for impairment during training. In addition, the family of an Agniveer killed in battle ought to be given a subsistence payment.

    Goals and Issues

    The original goals of the Agnipath program were to lower the cost of pensions and increase the enlistment of young people in the military. Nonetheless, questions have been made regarding the inexperience and lack of knowledge among recently enlisted soldiers. There will be a severe shortage of troops below officer rank in the Indian Army if the Agnipath scheme’s recruiting is discontinued, according to sources. It might take over ten years to fill this void. Enhancing the Agnipath program is therefore required to increase military recruitment and offer thorough training. This will lower the pension cost while assisting in the creation of a youthful force profile without sacrificing operational skills.

    Handling Experience-Related Problems

    A minor adjustment can address the experience problem, according to a source. The average retirement age for employees hired under the previous recruitment plan was 35. At fifty-two, those who attained the rank of Subedar Major retired. They have extensive operational training and experience in all drills and skills. The Army wants to make sure Agniveers get enough training and experience, so it’s lengthening the service duration and raising the inclusion rate.

    To sum up, in order to preserve operational effectiveness and allay worries about the inexperience and incompetence of recent recruits, the Indian Army’s proposals for the Agnipath initiative center on improving the participation and training of Agniveers.



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