Agnipath: 20% of women 'Agniveers' to be recruited in Indian Navy
Agnipath: 20% of women 'Agniveers' to be recruited in Indian Navy

New Delhi: Women will also be recruited in the 'Agnipath Scheme' brought in by the Central Government for recruitment in the Army. This year, 3,000 'Agniveers' will be recruited in the Indian Navy. Of these, 20 per cent i.e. about 600 women will be Agniveers. Those joining the Army under the Agnipath scheme will be called Agniveer. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the Agnipath scheme on June 14. Under this scheme, youths between the age group of 17.5 to 21 years will be recruited in the three services for four years. However, this year, youth up to 23 years have been given concession. After four years, 25 per cent of these Agniveers will remain in the Army and the rest will be released from service.  

Under the Agnipath scheme, 46,000 youth will be recruited for the three services this year. Of these, 40,000 youths will join the Army. The recruitment process of youth under the scheme has already started. The first batch of Agniveers will also be found by the end of this year. Registrations for recruitment of Agniveers in the Navy have already started from July 1. The application window will be open from July 15 to 30. The exam and physical test will be held in mid-October, while the training will start on November 21. Meanwhile, a Navy official has said that 3,000 Agniveers will be recruited this year, of which 20 per cent will be women.

Until 1992, women were recruited only in the medical corps in the three services. However, from July 1992 onwards, women have been recruited as Short Service Commission officers in some branches of the army. Under the Short Service Commission, women served in the army for 10 or 14 years and were then retired. However, after the Supreme Court's decision, women will now be given permanent commissions like men. Let me tell you that the demand for a good share of women in the armies is often raised. There are still very few women in the three services, but the highest number of women in the three services are in the navy.

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