Centres says no subsidy for Haj pilgrimage

Centres says no subsidy for Haj pilgrimage

January 16
13:36 2018

In a significant development, the Central Government has announced that there would be no subsidy for Haj. Yet, the number of pilgrims to Mecca will be the highest this time.

According to minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, as many as 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake Haj in 2018. The minister said that the Government had decided to do away with the subsidy to empower the minorities with dignity and without appeasement. The Government decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court order directing the Centre to abolish subsidy for Haj.
It may be recalled that A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had in 2012 directed that the Haj subsidy be done away with.Though the order came in 2012, the then Congress Government chose not to implement it. However, the BJP Government had indicated that it would do away with Haj subsidy.

In yet another significant move, the Government has also decided to allow Muslim women to on Haj without Mehram or male guardian.

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