Tour of duty – Today Current Affairs
- The Department of Military Affairs is in the process of finalizing the Tour of Duty (ToD) plan.
- Under this scheme, youth will be recruited as soldiers for only three years.
- This is being done in the backdrop of the urgent need to stop rising wage and pension bills adversely affecting military modernization.
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‘Tour of Duty’ (ToD) scheme
- Background: This plan was being carried forward by the late Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat.
- Introduction: This involves recruiting soldiers for a fixed period of three years, who will be called Agniveer.
- It will be a voluntary association.
- It is also known as Agnipath Entry Scheme.
- This scheme is for youths who ‘do not want to make defense services their permanent profession, but still want to experience the thrill of military professionalism’. The Hindu Analysis
- Benefit to soldiers: Monetary payment will be given to soldiers with priority in recruitment to certain government jobs including the Central Armed Police Forces.
- Apart from this, priority is being considered to give priority to the people engaged under this scheme under the private sector as well. Today Current affairs
- Benefit to the government: The ‘Tour of Duty’ scheme will not only help in solving the issue of shortage of military personnel, but it will also reduce the burden of pay hike and pension.
- As per the original ToD proposal, the “potential life-span saving” in the cost of work of a jawan after completion of 17 years of service, along with pension and other benefits, would be Rs 11.5 crore as compared to a ToD jawan. The Hindu Analysis
- Cumulative money saved in salary and gratuity payments can be used for necessary military modernization.