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The Assam Rifles And The Centre Will Prioritise ‘Agniveers’ For Jobs In Paramilitary Forces

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  • According to the ministry of defence, Agnipath will oversee the recruitment of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) in the three services.
  • The proposal has been met with varied reactions, with some veterans warning that it could harm the military's morale and skills.

Union home minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that troops enlisted in the armed forces under the new ‘Agnipath’ short-term recruiting policy will be given precedence for posts in paramilitary and Assam Rifles after completing four years under the plan. Indian youth would be able to serve in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces for four years under the new recruitment scheme.

The Union Home Minister’s office tweeted, “‘Agnipath Yojana’ is a visionary and welcome decision of @narendramodi ji for the bright future of young.”

“In this context, the ministry of home affairs has today decided to give priority to Agniveers who have completed four years under this plan in the recruitment of CAPFs and Assam Rifles,” the statement continued.

According to the ministry of defence, Agnipath will oversee the recruitment of personnel below officer rank (PBOR) in the three services. The recruits will be known as Agniveers and will have their own rank in each of the three services, as well as a unique emblem on their uniform.

The home ministry’s decision, Shah said, will assist the youth trained under ‘Agnipath’ contribute even more to the country’s “service and security,” adding that detailed planning and work on the decision has begun.

The proposal has been met with varied reactions, with some veterans warning that it could harm the military’s morale and skills. Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia (retd), a military affairs expert, believes that a pilot project should have been established prior to the scheme’s deployment to examine its efficiency.

“A veteran’s perspective, as received.” Anyone who believes that a ‘intern’ on a four-year tour of duty will be able to meet the Himalayan hardships and put the paltan’s ‘Izzat’ ahead of life and limb is clearly hallucinating. “If you think a pension is costly, try defeat,” Bhatia wrote on Twitter.

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