IAF receives 7.5 lakh applications under Agneepath scheme; closes registration


PTI

New Delhi, 5 July

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday said it has received 7.5 lakh applications under the “Agneepath” recruitment scheme.

The registration process under the scheme began on June 24 and ended on Tuesday.

After the scheme was unveiled on June 14, violent protests against it rocked several states for almost a week and various opposition parties demanded its withdrawal.

“The online registration process conducted by IAF for the Agneepath Recruitment Scheme is complete,” IAF said on Twitter.

As against 6,31,528 applications in the past, which was the highest in any recruitment cycle, 7,49,899 applications have been received this time.

Under the Agneepath scheme, people in the age group of 17-and-a-half to 21 years will be inducted into the armed forces for a tenure of four years and 25 per cent of them will be inducted later for regular service.

The government, on June 16, raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme from 21 to 23 years for the year 2022 and, subsequently, announced a slew of steps such as preference for “agnivars” in central paramilitary forces. On retirement of Defense Public Sector Undertakings.

Several BJP-ruled states also announced that “soldiers joining the armed forces under the Agneepath scheme” would be given priority for recruitment into the state police forces.

The armed forces have said that violent protests and arsonists against the new recruitment scheme will not be included.