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One recruit, one salary

Agnipath pits batchmates against one another, creating incentives for each other's failure rather than success

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Ajai Shukla
The government, deaf to protests, is going ahead with implementing the so-called Agnipath Yojana recruitment scheme that it announced without warning on June 14. Without much explanation of its benefits and drawbacks, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has presented it as a “transformative measure” that will change the recruitment pattern of Agniveers (hereafter, soldiers, sailors and airmen who join under the Agnipath Yojana) from the current long-service — 15-year bond that culminates in a lifelong pension— to a mainly short-service contract under which annual tranches of recruits will serve for four years. After that, 75 per cent of them go
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First Published: Jun 30 2022 | 10:30 PM IST

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