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Indian Navy receives million applications for 3,000 Agniveer posts; 82,000 women

Aug 03, 2022 07:41 PM IST

The application for recruitment into the Indian Navy under the newly announced Agnipath scheme closed on July 31

Nearly a million applicants, including over 82,000 women, have registered for recruitment into the Indian Navy under the newly announced Agnipath scheme for short-term induction of soldiers into the three defence services, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The Agnipath scheme inducts soldiers for short-term into the three defence services in India. (File/Representative Image)
The Agnipath scheme inducts soldiers for short-term into the three defence services in India. (File/Representative Image)

The Navy received 9,55,000 applications during the registration period from July 1 to 31, said one of the officials cited above, asking not to be named. Those recruited under the Agnipath scheme will be called Agniveers.

Earlier, nearly 7,50,000 candidates registered themselves for recruitment into the Indian Air Force (IAF) under the same scheme. These candidates will also compete for 3,000 jobs in the Air Force. The Army’s registration process is still on.

The Navy is the only service recruiting women in the personnel below officer rank (PBOR) cadre in the first phase of the Agnipath recruitment. Some of the women sailors, who will be inducted into the navy as Agniveers early next year, are likely to be deployed on India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant, the largest warship to be built in the country and set to be commissioned into the Navy later this month, as reported by HT.

The armed forces will recruit 46,000 Agniveers this year including 40,000 in the Army. The Navy and IAF are happy with the enthusiastic response to Agnipath, said a second official.

India on June 14 announced the new scheme replacing the legacy system of recruitment to lower the age profile of the armed forces, ensure a fitter military and create a technically skilled war fighting force capable of meeting future challenges. It sparked widespread protests and forced a concerted outreach by the government to scotch apprehensions about the scheme.

Last month, three Opposition MPs walked out of a meeting of the defence standing committee meeting after their demand to discuss the Agnipath recruitment model was rejected, as reported by HT. Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Uttam Reddy and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Danish Ali wanted the Agnipath scheme to be discussed on the grounds that it was the most important issue before the defence sector, but panel chairman Jual Oram stressed that Agnipath was not a subject on the annual agenda of the panel, and asked the Opposition lawmakers to raise it in the House.

The Agnipath scheme seeks to recruit soldiers for only four years, with a provision to retain 25% of them in the regular cadre for 15 years after another round of screening. The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has decided to reserve 10% vacancies in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for ‘Agniveers’ after their four years of service in the armed forces.

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