The Agnipath Scheme for Armed Forces

What is the issue?

Massive protests demanding the rollback of the Agnipath scheme is continuing across the country.

How are candidates recruited to the service at present?

What is Agnipath Scheme about?

Currently, the Army recruits young people under the SSC for an initial tenure of 10 years, extending up to 14 years.

What benefits will be extended to Agniveers?

How is the Tour of Duty different from conscription?

What is the need for such a scheme?

What are the mounting criticisms against the scheme?

In the Union Budget 2022-23, Rs 5.25 lakh crore were allocated to defence. Of this, defence pensions added up to Rs 1.19 lakh crore.