AIGC demands immediate reconsideration of its decision to introduce Agneepath scheme


Statement by the General Secretary of All India Guards Council (AIGC)



The ‘Agneepath’ or ‘Agniveer’ scheme is a process for recruiting soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air force, to be hired for a term of four years on contract. The scheme was announced by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

After keeping the recruitment pending in the army for a long time, the centre has now announced a new recruitment scheme ‘Agniveer’ with a short duration of four years in the army. Even though it has been called an attractive scheme, the youths of the country are dissatisfied and angry. They are openly opposing the change in the army recruitment system.

We believe that the government is limiting the soldiers’ tenure to four years in order to eliminate pension benefits in the army and government jobs, which is grossly unfair and deleterious to the future of rural youth and their families. People in the country are already afflicted by rising poverty, inflation, unemployment, wrong policies, and arrogant working style of the government; in such a situation, the uneasiness spread among the youth regarding the new recruitment system in the army is causing anxiety.

The government should reconsider its decision immediately is the demand of the AIGC.



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