Agnipath Scheme: Soldiers in the army and farmers in the fields are the hallmarks of the personality of our country, but both these sections are often on the verge of being hunted down in the battle of politics.
First, let's talk about the soldiers, the government has come up with a scheme after a lot of research. This research took about two years, in which apart from the officers of the three wings of the army, discussions were held with human resource experts.
The country where such a system is working in the whole world was studied about them, and after that, it has been implemented. In this, Tour of Duty (TOD) has been started in the name of Agnipath for non-officer recruitments in the army.
In this, soldiers will have to serve in the army for four years. For this reason, many experts associated with the army believe that after four years, people will be afraid of being unemployed again, so the interest of the youth will be less in joining this mission.
In some countries of the world, it is necessary to join the army. We can take this as a legal obligation, in this way the main recruiting countries are Israel, Brazil, Russia and South Korea. Whereas in a country like India, the process of recruiting soldiers is voluntary. Both these processes are completely successful in their respective places.
The government has taken a big step in view of the protests taking place in many states of the country including Bihar, UP against 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment in the army.
In this scheme, the age limit of the youth will be between 17.5 years to 23 years which was earlier 17.5 years to 21 years. The youth will get a chance to join the Armed Services for a total of 4 years including the training period, the rest of the recruitment process will be as per the prescribed rules.
For the Agniveers, the government has also announced a retirement fund, in which Agniveers will get 30 thousand rupees in the first year. Also, with the facility of EPF / PPF, Agniveers will get Rs 4.76 lakh in the first year.
In the fourth year's salary, Agniveers will get Rs 40,000 i.e. Rs 6.92 lakh annually. Risk and hardship, Ration, Dress and Travel allowance will be included with this package. If disabled during the service period, full pay and interest will also be available for the non-service period.
Service funds will be exempted from income tax. Agniveers will not be entitled to gratuity and pensionary benefits.
Agniveers will also get a non-contributory life insurance cover of Rs 48 lakh for their term in the Indian Armed Forces.
The government says that after this scheme, our army will always be young. The government's pension money worth crores will also be saved and the unemployed will get a new footing, where they will be able to establish the status of being a uniformed serviceman in the society by eradicating their unemployment.
The government wants to start recruitment under Mission Agnipath soon and it is going to start it from UP. Along with the recruitment calendar, the army will start receiving the first batch of Agniveers by October.
In India, the soldiers joining the army are given training for 44 months, while the Agniveers will get training for only 26 months.
The defence budget in India is about 5.25 lakh crores out of which 1.20 lakh crores go to the pension of soldiers only. The government wants to spend this money on modernizing the army.
Experts associated with the army say that there will be no loyalty in this whole process. The ex-servicemen raised questions with just 24 months of training, will you teach them to run Bofors and Chinook? Can we win the war relying on the visiting soldiers?
There is anger among the youth against the Agnipath scheme, they clearly say that this scheme should be withdrawn with immediate effect.
Due to non-recruitment in the army for a long time, the troubled students are demanding that rally recruitment should be organized as soon as possible. Apart from this, there is a demand to clear the old hanging vacancies at the earliest.
Actually, for the last two years, the recruitments were not done and the results of some were pending. Meanwhile, the government has launched the Agnipath scheme and decided to cover all the old recruitments under this new scheme.
This decision of the government caused deep disappointment to those youth whose age limit has now ended or is almost to end. Most of the students were waiting for the result of the old recruitments.
This is the reason why they are opposing this new scheme of the government.
Now let us return to the discussion that in our country, the farmer in the field and the jawan on the border, but today the youth wants to go to the border but not under this bargain which the government has put before them.
They do not want to become a half-finished soldier, so they are protesting about his existence and idea. Most of the soldiers go from Bihar, after that from Rajasthan, the maximum opposition is also happening here only.
A slight glimpse of the farmers' movement is also visible in this protest. When the government passed three bills for the farmers, the protest started from the ridge to the field. The farmer was forced to leave his farming and camp on the road.
The common man felt the tragedy of the farmer sitting on the road, but as time progressed, this sympathy turned into the anger of the people. The government bowed down, even if it was an electoral compulsion. And this time government has turned the youth against himself.