Ministry of Shipping announces service opportunities for Agniveers from Indian Navy

OV Digital Desk

Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) announced SIX attractive service avenues to help Agniveers transition into Merchant Navy roles after their stint with the Indian Navy. Through the program, Agniveers can get the necessary training, naval experience, and professional certification to join the remunerative merchant navy around the world. The provisions were announced today by the Directorate General of Shipping, an organization under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways.

These schemes for Agniveers include transition from Ratings in Indian Navy to Certified Ratings in Merchant Navy, transition from Electrical Ratings in Indian Navy to Certified Electro Technical Ratings in Merchant Navy, transition from Ratings in Indian Navy to Certified Class IV-NCV CoC holder in Merchant Navy, transition from Electrical Ratings in Indian Navy to Certified Electro Technical Officers in Merchant Navy and transition from Cook in Indian Navy to Certified Cook Merchant Navy. Agniveers who want to explore any of these schemes may apply for INDOS and CDCs from the MoSPW. Some of the schemes are devised for Agniveers with Diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or ITI Trade Certificate in Electronic or Electrical stream – either joining with these qualifications or acquiring these during their tenure with the Indian Navy.

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Agnipath – a transformational move to modernize India’s armed forces – will give India’s youth the chance to serve the nation, while at the same time earning rich professional experience and training so they can take advantage of opportunities. In order to give the Agniveers global exposure via merchant navy, the MoPSW will work with the Indian Navy to train and equip them so they can take up an alternate career in the merchant marine after serving four years in the Navy.

Speaking on the scheme, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said,

The vision of PM Narendra Modiji through the transformative Agnipath scheme is an attempt that the profile of Indian armed forces remains youthful. They will be adaptive to newer technologies & prepare them through their stint with our world class Indian Navy to secure a lucrative career in the global merchant navy. We are working with Indian Navy to bridge the gap of skilled man force in the merchant navy through these schemes. It will help our Agniveers to get transited in the shipping sector and build an enticing career in the merchant navy by contributing immensely through their rich skills & experience to the Indian marine economy.

India is one of the largest suppliers of labour to the world merchant fleet. Indian seafarers are certified as per STCW Convention and are in great demand internationally. The schemes are designed to facilitate a smooth transition in the shipping sector for the Agniveers. The MoPSW and Indian Navy will work closely in this regard.