9.55 lakh applicants, including 82,200 women registers in the Indian Navy under Agnipath Scheme

All three branches look to recruit 46,000 Agniveers this year.

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Officials stated on Wednesday that over 9 lakh applicants have applied to join the Indian Navy under the new Agnipath Scheme. Over 80,000 women have enrolled as well.

The Indian Navy has plans to recruit 3000 personnel this year under the aforementioned scheme and the registrations started on 1st July of this year.

The Agnipath Scheme, announced by the Central Government on June 14, seeks to recruit youth between the ages of 17 and a half and 21 for four years. The scheme has a clause that seeks to retain 25% of the recruits for 15 additional years.

The recruits under the Agnipath Scheme will be referred to as ‘Agniveers’

For this year, the upper limit has been increased to 23 years.

Several states across the country witnessed violent clashes with respect to the rolling out of the scheme as many feared that the government will not be providing employment opportunities for the 75% who are not retained by their respective branch.

The government has stated that Agnipath aims to maintain a young average age and make the people future-ready for any conflict or crisis.

The primary objective of the scheme is to bring down the average of the personnel and save expenditure on pensions and salaries which can be diverted to R&D and capital procurement.

Nearly 7, 50,000 candidates have already registered for around 3,000 positions in the IAF under the new scheme and all the three branches look to recruit 46,000 Agniveers this year.