Agneepath Scheme replaced with Sainik Samman Scheme 2024, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Relaunched Agniveer Scheme

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Agneepath Scheme replaced with Sainik Samman Scheme 2024, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Relaunched Agniveer Scheme

Discover the Sainik Samman Scheme 2024, its significant changes, and benefits compared to the previous Agneepath Scheme. Understand how this new initiative enhances opportunities for Indian youth in defense services.

The Sainik Samman Scheme 2024 is a revamped version of the Agneepath Scheme, introduced to provide better opportunities and benefits for individuals joining the Indian defense services. Launched by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on June 23, 2024, this scheme aims to offer enhanced career prospects, financial security, and improved service conditions for soldiers.

Key Changes and Benefits under the Sainik Samman Scheme

1. Increased Permanency:

  • Previous Scheme (Agneepath): Only 25% of Agniveers were made permanent.
  • Sainik Samman Scheme: 60% of Agniveers will be granted permanent positions, with all technical post Agniveers becoming permanent.

2. Extended Service Period:

  • Previous Scheme: The duty period was 4 years.
  • Sainik Samman Scheme: The duty period is now extended to 7 years, ensuring longer job security.

3. Enhanced Training and Leave:

  • Training Period: Increased from 24 weeks to 42 weeks.
  • Leave: Annual leave has been increased from 30 days to 45 days.

4. Financial Improvements:

  • Total Income: Increased from ₹22 lakhs to ₹41 lakhs over the service period.
  • Retirement Fund: Enhanced to ₹41 lakhs.
  • Death Benefits: In case of a soldier's death, the family will receive ₹75 lakhs and the status of a martyr.

5. Job Guarantee and Relaxations:

  • Job Security: After 7 years of service, soldiers are guaranteed a permanent job.
  • Central Vacancy Relaxation: Increased from 10% to 15% for all central vacancies.

6. Status and Recognition:

  • Soldiers recruited under the Sainik Samman Scheme will no longer be called Agniveers.
  • In case of death, soldiers will be granted the status of a warrior and their families will receive full assistance and honors.

Differences Between Agneepath Scheme and Sainik Samman Scheme

Implementation Details

The Sainik Samman Scheme will be officially implemented nationwide on June 23, 2024. It applies to all new recruits from February 2024 onwards. Existing Agniveers recruited before this date will not be covered under the new scheme.


The Sainik Samman Scheme 2024 introduces significant improvements over the Agneepath Scheme, providing better financial benefits, job security, and enhanced service conditions for Indian soldiers. These changes aim to attract more youth to join the defense services and ensure their well-being and career growth.

This comprehensive overhaul reflects the government's commitment to honoring and supporting the nation's soldiers, ensuring they receive the respect and benefits they deserve.

Leave a Comment:
2024-06-16 14:47:03
Leave increase
Sweta Kumari
2024-06-16 15:20:18
Sweta Kumari
2024-06-16 15:23:40
Very nice
Sandip das
2024-06-16 15:35:18
Rohit Sharma
2024-06-16 16:57:47
S K Kaushik
2024-06-17 01:25:59
Excellent changes
Harsh yadav
2024-06-17 04:46:05
Vinay Bansal
2024-06-17 05:14:07
Excellent changes.