The Agnipath program heralds a new era in India’s national defense journey with a direct bearing on the defense forces as well as the nation’s youth – who are two essential pillars of a nation state. The scheme, announced by Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh along with the three service chiefs, sparked a variety of comments, stories and apprehensions, pointing out a range of pros and cons regarding the scheme. .
In an ever-changing world, change is the only constant. At the same time, resistance to change is an integral part of human nature, which should be kept in mind. Before moving on, let’s take a look at the outline of the diet.
Agnipath, according to government announcements, is the new recruitment pathway for all hires of personnel below the rank of officer rank (PBOR), commonly referred to as PBOR, across the three services. Eligible candidates between the ages of 17.5 and 21 – this upper age cap was extended by two years in a one-time moratorium for 2022 – will be recruited for a fixed period of four years. After four years, all Mohawk — recruits under this program — will have the option of applying for regular enlistment in their respective forces. However, only 25% Mohawk will be absorbed by regular engagement.
Questions have been raised about the use of Mohawk and its impact on the operational capability and war potential of the services. Let’s examine these concerns. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is a modern technology-centric air force with all combat platforms, equipment as well as weapon systems, operating in a networked environment. The IAF requires young and adaptable minds with contemporary technological know-how so that they can be trained in emerging technologies in a minimum of time.
Additionally, as the lifecycles of emerging technologies compress and shrink every day, frequent inductions for a short duration make more sense vis-à-vis inductions with longer engagements. A shorter induction period gives a decision-making option to aspirants as well as services after four years. No such option was available in the old system. As a result, on the one hand, part of the youth apprehended the exercise of the option to integrate the services due to a minimum commitment of 15-20 years, and on the other hand, the services were also confronted some reintegration challenges. train older or older people in emerging technologies.
The frequent integration of young people and the drop in the average age of combatants bode well for the services. A reduction in the average age of fighters, commonly referred to as air warriors in the IAF, will be a major benefit. Indeed, it will be necessary to adjust the training durations, the diagrams as well as the display profiles of the Mohawk against existing systems.
The defense services are the last bastions of national defense and no one should doubt the vision and planning of the heads of service. The services must now have deliberated on all the dimensions of the new device, including training schemes and operational use. There would be no dilution whatsoever at any level. All Indian citizens must be assured that the defense force will prove itself every time and in every aspect, whenever called upon to do so.
The other main stakeholder is the country’s youth. The financial package announced by the government is much higher than what the best companies offer to a 10th or 12th graduate. A new recruit will get ₹30,000 per month and more, ₹9,000 per month will be paid by the government for its Seva Nidhi, or corpus.
In addition, each year there will be an increase of about 10% in salary. It is relevant to point out that most of the routine daily needs, including food, shelter and medical facilities, are taken care of by the services; from where a Agnitate will not be required to spend money on these. Since a tiny part of the income will be spent on the cost of living, a large part of the salary can be saved. In addition, at the end of the four years, each Agnitate will get more ₹11 lakh, as his Seva Nidhi account matures.
In addition, this program will also meet other aspirations of young people including pride, self-respect, upgrading of skills as well as diplomas in line with the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020. As already announced by the Ministry of Education, the University Grants Commission and the Indira Gandhi National Open University will maximize the provisions of the NEP 2020 to create mechanisms and options for Mohawk to upgrade their educational qualifications. This, in turn, will make second innings easier for those not engrossed in the serves. The Ministry of the Interior is already in the process of setting up a program to integrate these young qualified citizens into the central armed police forces. They will also have the opportunity to seek decent employment in the government sector, industry, IT sector as well as in the corporate world, or start their own business using their Seva Nidhi.
Finally, the Agnipath program will make a phenomenal intangible contribution to nation building. The inculcation of the qualities of discipline, honesty, Josh (passion), esprit de corpsservice before self, nation first attitude in young and impressionable minds will be a significant game changer in nation building.
In my opinion, this program is a win-win situation for the services as well as the youth of the nation and its contribution to nation building will be phenomenal.
RKS Bhadauria is a former Air Force Chief Opinions expressed are personal