Government ends Haj subsidy; says the decision will empower minorities with dignity


Nation Next Newsroom | Jan 16, 2018 14:55

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that the Haj subsidy has been withdrawn from this year by the government.
A picture clicked during the Haj Pilgrimage. (Photo Source: Al Jazeera/Wikimedia Commons)

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that the Haj subsidy has been withdrawn from this year by the Indian government as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. Naqvi also said that around 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims will go on the Haj Pilgrimage this year despite the withdrawal of the Haj subsidy.

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The Centre’s decision of withdrawal of Haj subsidy is based on the recommendations of a Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, which is 2012, stated that the subsidy should be withdrawn gradually by 2022.