After the dust, a clearer picture of Agnipath’s direction

Source– The post is based on the article “After the dust, a clearer picture of Agnipath’s direction” published in The Hindu on 9th November 2022.

Syllabus: GS3- Security

Relevance– Recruitment reforms in army

News- The article explains the rationale behind the Agniveer scheme.

What are arguments in support of the Agniveer scheme?

Nothing is ever constant and change will always be the order of the day. Therefore, our policies also need to change and be aligned with the future. The merits or demerits of a particular policy can be debated and feedback is given to make it more robust. But to denounce it outrightly is not appropriate.

The present system of almost one year of training was devised when the standard of education of recruits was low and they had lower technical skills. They required more time to learn.

Nowadays, youth are technologically savvy. Everyone has a smartphone. To continuing with old training methodologies is irrational.

Another aspect that has been much discussed is whether the Agniveers will be able to deliver when the time comes. It is not right to have disbelief in their capabilities.

Prior to the 1971 war, recruits were inducted into units after a curtailed training period. They had to face battle within months. They were able to stand up and deliver. Young soldiers have more risk-taking abilities. Most gallantry award winners have had a younger profile.

Agniveers can have lateral absorption into the Central Armed Police Forces, State police and even in other Ministries. The Home Ministry and certain State governments have announced 10% lateral induction. The aspects such as pension and medical cover would be automatically addressed in case of lateral induction.

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