Agnipath Scheme: Army Issues Notification For Agniveer Recruitment Rally, Registration to Begin From July

Agnipath Scheme: Army Issues Notification For Agniveer Recruitment Notification: Agnipath is the recruitment scheme announced by the central government on June 14, 2022. All the selected candidates under this scheme would be called "Agniveers". Under this scheme, agniveers would be recruited only for four-year tenures in all the cadres'Army, Air Force, and Navy. Under this scheme, almost 46,000 youth will be recruited in 2022, and the number of recruits will go up by 5,000 every year. Soldiers will be getting a monthly salary of around Rs 30,000-40,000. The recruitment is scheduled to begin in 90 days, and beneficiaries will also be entitled.

Agnipath Scheme: Army Issues Notification For Agniveer Recruitment Rally, Registration to Begin From July

Special Instructions
1. The salient aspects of terms and conditions of service for persons enrolled through the  Agnipath Scheme for service in the IA are mentioned in the succeeding paragraphs.

2. Terms and Conditions.
(a) Enrolment.

(i) Candidates will be enrolled under Army Act 1950 for a service duration of  four (04) years including the training period. 

(ii) Agniveers so enrolled will be subject to Army Act, 1950 and will be liable  to go wherever ordered, by land, sea or air.

(iii) Agniveers enrolled under the scheme, will not be eligible for any kind of  Pension or Gratuity.

(b) Service.

(i) Service of Agniveers will commence from the date of enrolment.

(ii) Agniveers would form a distinct rank in the IA, different from any other  existing ranks.

(iii) Leave, Uniform, Pay & Allowances during the service period of four years  will be governed by orders and instructions in respect of such individuals issued by the Government of India (GoI) from time to time. 

(iv) Agniveeers will be liable to be assigned any duty in organisational  interest, as decided from time to time. 

(v) Personnel enrolled through Agniveers Scheme, will be required to  undergo periodical medical check-ups and physical/ written/ field tests as  governed by orders issued. The performance so demonstrated would be  considered for subsequent offer for enrolment in the Regular Cadre. 

(vi) Agniveers can be posted to any regiment/unit and can be further  transferred in organisational interest.

(c) Discharge. 

(i) All Agniveers will be discharged on completion of four years of service.

(ii) On discharge after completion of four years, Agniveers will be paid a  ‘Seva Nidhi’ package to enable them to return to the society for pursuing  employment in other sectors.

(iii) Agniveers will not be eligible for any kind of pension or gratuity, neither  will they be eligible for Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS),  Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, Ex Serviceman status and other  related benefits. 

(iv) Agniveers will be barred from disclosing classified information gained  during service to any unauthorised person or source under Official Secrets Act,  1923.
(d) Enrolment for Regular Cadre.

(i) Based on organizational requirements and policies promulgated Agniveers who are completing their engagement period in each batch will beoffered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the regular cadre of IA. These applications will be considered in a centralised manner by the army based on anobjective criteria including performance during their engagement period and not  more than 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in regular  cadre of the IA, post completion of their four years engagement period. 

(ii) Agniveers so enrolled as regular cadre would be required to serve for a  further engagement period of 15 years and will be governed by terms and  conditions of service (of Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks in IA) currently in vogue (as amended from time to time). Agniveers will not have any  right to be selected. Selection will be exclusive jurisdiction of the IA.

(iii) With introduction of this Scheme, the enrolment of Soldiers in the regular  cadre of IA, except technical cadres of Medical Branch, will be available only to  those personnel who have completed their engagement period as Agniveer. 

3. Employability
(a) Agniveers will be liable to be assigned any duty in organisational interest, as  decided from time to time.

(b) Agniveers can be posted to any regiment/ unit and can be further transferred to  other regiments/ units in organisational interest.

4. Leave. Grant of leave will be subject to exigencies of service. The following leave may be applicable for Agniveers during their engagement period :-
(a) Annual Leave. Upto 30 days per year. 
(c) Sick Leave. Based on medical advice.

5. Pay, Allowances & Allied Benefits. 
(a) Agniveer Package. 

(aa) Year 1. Customised Package - ₹ 30,000/- (plus  applicable allowances.)

(ab) Year 2. Customised Package - ₹33,000/- (plus  applicable allowances.)

(ac) Year 3. Customised Package - ₹ 36,500/- (plus   applicable allowances.)

(ad) Year 4. Customised Package - ₹ 40,000/- (plus applicable allowances.)

(ii) From the above package, 30% will be compulsorily deposited every 
month in a corpus which will be matched by the GOI. Balance amount less the 
corpus contribution will be the in-hand component.

(b) Seva Nidhi Package. On discharge at 4 years, the corpus of ₹5.02 lakhs will 
be matched by the GOI, an amount of₹10.04 lakhs and accrued interest will be given to the Agniveers. In case of Agniveers who are subsequently selected for enrolment in IA as regular cadre, the “Seva Nidhi” package to be paid to them will comprise only their contribution including accrued interest thereon. In the case of Agniveers exiting service before the end of their engagement period on their own request, the individual’s  Seva Nidhi package, accumulated as on date, will be paid with the applicable rate of interest. In such cases, no Govt contribution to Seva Nidhi Package will be entitled. The “Seva Nidhi” will be exempt from Income Tax.

(c) Payment Modality – Seva Nidhi Package. Two options to receive Seva Nidhi package will be provided to each Agniveer, with an aim to provide financial loans for self employment/ entrepreneurship through a bank Guarantee as also to meet  immediate/ incidental expenses, on exit. Firm details will be promulgated separately.

(d) Allowances. The Agniveer pay is a composite package and he will not be  eligible for any Dearness Allowance and Military Service Pay. He will get applicable Risk & Hardship, Ration, Dress and Travel allowances as decided by the GOI from time to time.

(e) Agniveers will be exempted from making any contribution in Armed Forces  Personnel Provident Fund or any other Provident Fund.

(f) There shall be no entitlement towards gratuity or pensionary benefits for 
Agniveers enrolled through this Scheme.

6. Life Insurance Cover. Agniveer will be provided non-contributory life insurance 
cover of ₹48 lakhs for the duration of their engagement period and they will not be eligible for 

Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF) Schemes / benefits. 

7. Termination/ Release from Service.

(a) The maximum period of service for Agniveers will be as enumerated at Para 2  above. However, the services of Agniveers under this scheme may be terminated at  any time in accordance with the Army Act 1950.

(b) Release at own request prior to completion of terms of engagement of Agniveers is not permitted. However, in most exceptional cases, personnel enrolled under this scheme may be released, if sanctioned by competent authority.
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