Hyderabad : Violent protests against Agnipath - a radical recruitment scheme for armed forces - originating from U.P, Bihar and Haryana has spread to at least seven states. Angry army aspirants and supporters torched several trains, disrupted rail and road traffic during the day. Over 200 trains have been cancelled in the wake of violent demonstrators.
What is Agnipath?
Basically, it is about contractual hiring into defence services, for what the government claims will give the Armed Forces a youthful profile. The scheme hopes to draw on highly inspired youth, with self-discipline, diligence and skilled in technology for short military service, who will be known as Agniveers. The customised monthly package along with Risk and Hardship allowances will be paid at all three services and at end of the engagement period of four years, Agniveers will receive a one time ‘SevaNidhi” that will comprise their contribution including accrued interest thereon with a matching funding from the government. Seva Nidhi will be exempt from Income Tax. There shall be no entitlement to gratuity or pensionary benefits. Agneevers will be provided non-contributory Life Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakh for the duration of their engagement period.