INDIA: A rally for recruitment of “Agniveers” in different categories from eight districts of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, which began on June 25, will be in progress till July 2 at the Army Recruitment Office, Aurangabad,
The rally is being held for Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Clerks and Store Keepers Technical, and Agniveer Tradesmen (8th and 10th classes). This is the second such rally in Maharashtra in the current recruiting year, the first being in Nagpur earlier this month.
Extensive deployment of automation tools, biometric and surveillance equipment, and utilisation of existing digital databases of UIDAI, digilocker, and government portals for document verification has ensured transparency, done away with manual intervention, and plugged all loopholes to prevent malpractices, a Defence spokesman said.
The current series of recruitment rallies are being conducted duly incorporating the transformational changes in the recruiting process, resulting in higher footfall, better pass percentages in physical fitness tests, lesser hardships for the candidates, and smoother conduct.
The Agnipath scheme has met with a good response from the youth of the region, as witnessed by the higher footfall and better performance in physical fitness tests during the rally so far, the defence spokesman said.
The Additional Director General (ADG) Recruitment (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa), HQ Recruiting Zone, Pune, visited the rally site on June 27 to review the conduct of the rally and express satisfaction over the ongoing proceedings.
In March this year, a total of 2585 “Agniveers”, including 272 women, of the Indian Navy passed out from INS Chilka, at Odisha, in a post-sunset ceremonial Passing Out parade held under the aegis of Southern Naval Command.
Similarly, on June 10, 115 Recruits passed out after completion of the maiden Agniveer Course at the Brigade of the Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee, Nagpur.
On the same day, the first batch of 24 Agniveers (Musicians) was passed out at the Army Education Corps Training College and Centre, Pachmarhi, in Madhya Pradesh.
Under the Agnipath recruitment policy, after the initial recruitment of 46,000 Agniveers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, between 50,000 and 60,000 Agniveers will be recruited annually in subsequent years. Of these, 25 percent will be recruited again for a 15-year period after the completion of 4 years of service.
As such, the Government has announced a 10 percent reservation in job vacancies for Agniveers meeting the requisite eligibility criteria in the Indian Coast Guard, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), the Assam Rifles, defence civilian posts, and all the 16 Defence Public Sector Undertakings.
Besides, many states, including Bihar, Karnataka, and Assam, have announced that they will give preference to the Agniveers in recruitment based on their eligibility.