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The Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship plans to launch nearly 22 schemes to welcome new recruits who will join the military services under the Agnipath scheme, which was recently launched by the government amid widespread protests, officials said.

The aim of the programs will be to help develop bankable business plans for recruits who will be leaving the military after four years of service, providing them with alternative employment opportunities.

The government plans to induct nearly 46,000 men and women into the armed forces between the ages of 17.5 and 23 in the coming months.

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The programs, which began in 2016-2017, will be delivered in 21 centers across the country. “Programs were halted during the pandemic,” an official said on condition of anonymity. “So far we have only been able to hold three or four classes a year, but this time there will be almost 22 classes.”

The official added that within the framework of the entrepreneurship courses, designed by former military personnel themselves, almost 400 people have already been trained.

“Some started coaching centers and schools, while others found jobs in the security sector.

The modules are designed to be dynamic and provide skills to secure better opportunities,” the manager said.

This year, the ministry is looking to train nearly 1,000 ex-servicemen, most of whom are in their early 40s. The modules last around eight to twelve weeks and are taught at centers in Dehradun and Noida. These include training as retail team leaders, entrepreneurship development, and even web development.

The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), an organization of the Ministry of Skills Development, will engage in training, consultancy and research to promote “entrepreneurship and skills development will work with the armed forces to instill entrepreneurship”. skills among the Agniveers”.

“The institute is associated with the Ministry of Defence, through the Directorate General for Reintegration (DGR), which helps former soldiers to train and acquire additional skills and facilitates their reintegration through a second career.

Under this initiative, the institute runs an Entrepreneurship Development Program and an Entrepreneurship Skills Development Program for retired/retired armed forces personnel to enhance their qualifications and skills to enable them to start their business and seek suitable employment after retirement,” another official said. .

“Programs conducted by NIESBUD for participants under DGR have shown promising results and the initiative has been appreciated by the Ministry of Defense.”

The official added that the program will focus on entrepreneurial motivation, realizing one’s own strengths and weaknesses through behavioral exercises to assess and develop entrepreneurial characteristics, identifying feasible business opportunities , conducting market research, the government support ecosystem, preparing a business plan, the procedure and formalities for bank financing, marketing and finance, and the basics of business management. ‘company.

“At the end of the program, participants will be helped to prepare bankable business plans,” the official said.

Violent protests against the armed forces’ new recruitment scheme have spread from Bihar to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, as well as parts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The “Agnipath” program was announced by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the three service chiefs. Under the scheme, recruits to the armed forces, aged 17.5 to 23, can serve for a period of four years followed by mandatory 75% retirement – ​​in most cases without gratuity or pension. .

The new agenda has been met with backlash from armed forces aspirants across the country, with opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal all speaking out against it.

The government, however, defended the new regime, saying it was introduced after extensive consultations with officials from the serving armed forces for two years.

Valerie J. Wallis