Centre Abolishes Subsidy on Haj: Fund will be used for Education of Minorities

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Pilgrims of Haj will no longer get any subsidy for visiting Haj this year onwards. In a historic move, Government on 16th January, 2018 has abolished the subsidy given to Haj Pilgrims. The minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has made this announcement and said that the Government would use the fund to empower the Minority community. The Minister said that “Haj Subsidy Fund will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of Minority community.”

The Policy to aid Muslims by providing subsidy was originated in 1932 in British era when the British enacted the Port Haj Committees Act.

The Minister said that the Subsidy has been withdrawn in compliance of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court passed in 2012.

The decision of abolition of Haj subsidy has taken after the Government has allowed Muslim women above the age of 45 years to go on Haj in group of at least 4 without the male guardian. The apex court held that Haj subsidy was not only unconstitutional but also conflicting with the teachings of Quran.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on revocation of subsidy by the Government that they were cheated in the name of subsidy because it was not for Muslims but to increase earnings of Air India running in losses.

AIMIM President attacked the Government over withdrawal of subsidy by claiming that the Government was providing funds for Hindu pilgrimages which includes funds for ‘Chardham Yatra’, Kumbh Mela and asked whether the government would stop these subsidy too?

On the other side, the Vishva Hindu Parishad appreciated the decision of the Union Government and said that the saved fund would be spent on the education of poor girls.

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