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Describe the features of Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers. Evaluate the various benefits and risks associated with the scheme.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

6. Describe the features of Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers. Evaluate the various benefits and risks associated with the scheme. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressIndian Express

Why the question:

The government on Tuesday unveiled its new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers across the three services. The new defence recruitment reform, which has been cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security, will come into effect immediately, and the soldiers recruited under the scheme will be called Agniveers.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about Agnipath scheme, its benefits and risks.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin the writing about aims and objectives of Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers

Body:

Frist, discuss the key features of the scheme – recruitment, salary, duration and post tenure etc.

Next, write about the major benefits from the scheme.

Next, write about various concerns associated with the scheme in the short term and long term.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to address these shortcomings.