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In addition to 3 years age relaxation, govt. announces 10% Reservation For Agniveers in CAPF & Assam Rifles

In a significant move, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced an important decision to reserve 10 percent vacancies in Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles for Agniveers.

In a series of tweet, the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs decides to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers.”

“The MHA also decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruiting in CAPFs & Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limkt,” the MHA added.

It is pertinent to note that, upon completion of their four years tenure, Agniveers will be getting selection priorities under CAPF’s all the seven different security forces comprising Assam Rifles (AR), Border Security Forces (BSF), Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF), Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Earlier speaking of the employment opportunities for Agniveers, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that upon completion of four years of Agniveers many central ministers and state governments including Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and corporations will give them job priorities.

“In coming days you will get the announcement by various governments and ministries regarding the priority in job opportunities to Agniveers,” the Defence Minister added.

Earlier, in a welcome move, the government had announced a change in recruiting ‘Agniveers’, increasing the maximum entry age from 21 years to 23 years by giving two years relaxation as a one-time waiver. Granting a one-time waiver, the Union government declared that the Agniveer upper age limit for recruitments via Agnipath Scheme has been extended to 23 years from 21 years.

Issuing an official statement on Agnipath Scheme, the Ministry of Defence mentioned that the one-time waiver in the upper age limit has been granted as recruitments during the two years had not been possible.

All you need to know about the Agnipath scheme

Under Agnipath recruitment policy, soldiers (between the ages of 17.5 years and 21 years) recruited in the defence forces will be inducted as ‘Agniveers’ – a distinct rank in the Armed Forces, different from any other existing rank.

Once selected, the aspirants will go through training for six months and then they will be deployed for three and a half years. During this period, they will be provided an attractive monthly package of Rs 30,000 per month with upgradation upto Rs 40,000 per month in 4th year. After a four-year engagement period, up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in regular cadre of the Armed Forces.

Importantly, during this period, 30 percent of their salary will be set aside under a ‘Seva Nidhi’ programme, and the government will contribute an equal amount every month along with providing accrue interest. At the end of the four-year period, Agniveer will be accorded Rs 11.71 lakh as a lump sum amount, which will be tax-free. Additionally, they will also get a Rs 48 lakh life insurance cover for the four years.

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