Agnipath scheme golden opportunity for youth to serve nation: Lt Gen Dwivedi

Srinagar, June 16: Northern Army Commander, Lt. General Upendra Dwivedi on Wednesday said the Agnipath recruitment scheme of the Indian Army is a golden opportunity for youth to serve the nation.

While highlighting the importance of the Agnipath scheme in Srinagar, the commander said, “The scheme will reform the human resource management system for the Army and will have a positive impact on operational preparedness as well.“

It is an opportunity for youth in the country, driven by patriotic spirit, to serve in the Indian Armed Forces as ‘Agniveers’ for a short duration of four years,” the Lt. General said.Dwivedi added, “On completion of the four-year period, Agniveers will go to society as a disciplined, dynamic, motivated and skilled workforce for employment in other sectors to pursue their career of their choice.”

Asked how the scheme would benefit the force in J&K, he explained, “Northern Front is a high-altitude area, and deployed Jawans are considered fit, but with age, high-altitude problems impact their physical fitness.“Agnipath is a good scheme to pump young blood and freshness into the forces,” he said.Dwivedi said years of training with the army will help inculcate moral values and ethos among youth to contribute positively for society.

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He said the scheme will attract young people and ensure they do not tread the wrong path.“This scheme will bring in youth from remote areas, provide them exposure, train them and boost their confidence to do anything they want to,” he said.Dwivedi described the scheme as a win-win situation for all.“In fact, we want the Agniveers to act like a bridge between the Armed Forces and society,” he said.He said the Agniveer after completing the four years training in the Army will become a responsible citizen of the nation.“

They will not tolerate the crime against women folk and will not allow any crime because of the training they will undergo,” Dwivedi said.Meanwhile, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran said, “It is premature to say whether the scheme will stop radicalization of youth in Jammu and Kashmir or not.“

I am quite sure that if Agniveers (youngsters) join the military under the scheme and stay with us for four years, they will become professionals and probably more of an Indian than a radical,” he said.The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief said the scheme aims to harness the Skill India initiative by enrolling candidates qualified in ITI or diploma with necessary skills for certain technical trades.“

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They will get Agniveer skill certificates, award of credits for facilitating higher education, financial package to start new enterprise and adequate skills to be absorbed in the market,” he added. About 46,000 Agniveers in the 17 to 21 years age group would be recruited for this short-term contractual scheme to enhance their profile for the armed forces.

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