The Shipping Ministry has declared six new and exciting service avenues for a hassle-free transition of Agniveers in several roles within the Merchant navy, following the stint with the Indian Navy. The development comes through protests registered across India against the short-term scheme for armed forces recruitment — the Agniveer scheme. Affected aspirants to the armed forces say that clarity on job prospects for those chosen as Agniveers is lacking.
An official statement highlighted that the scheme will empower Agniveers, who have completed their duties with the Indian Navy, to acquire relevant training, professional certifications, and naval experience to join the merchant navy all over the world. The provisions have been declared by the Directorate General of Shipping on Saturday.
Some of the schemes have been designed for Agniveers with Diploma in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or ITI Trade Certificate in the Electrical or Electronic stream – either joining with qualification or acquiring during their tenure with the country’s Navy.
The Agnipath scheme — a transformative move to modernize armed forces in India — will result in opportunities for the youth to serve the country and, earn priceless professional training and experience, empowering them to seize incredible opportunities.
To offer global exposure via India’s merchant navy, the country’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways will work with the navy to equip and train Agniveers for an alternate career in the merchant navy following a four-year stint with the Navy.
India is one of the greatest suppliers of manpower to the world merchant fleet. Indian seafarers are typically in huge demand globally. The schemes are devised to help Agniveers sail seamlessly into the shipping sector. The Indian Navy and Ministry will collaborate in this regard.
References: The Economic Times, Swarajya