New Issues Coming Over Haj Subsidy – Minority Affairs, India

mukhtar_abbas_naqviIn a major move, on Tuesday, the government of India pulled back subsidy for the Haj pioneers. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minority Affairs Minister made this declaration. The minister included that “Haj subsidy assets will be utilized for educational strengthening of girls and ladies of minority group.” He additionally told journalists that in spite of the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will embrace the pilgrimage this year.

The Choices:

The choice to cancel Haj subsidy comes day after government allowed Muslim ladies, over the age of 45, to go on haj without male watchman, in a gathering of no less than four. The Ministry of Minority Affairs had, a year ago, constituted a council to survey the current Haj policy and recommend a structure for another Haj policy for 2018-22.

Naqvi additionally said that the Saudi Arabian government has in principle consented to allow Haj travel from India by boats and authorities of the two nations will sit together to settle the modalities. “This is a piece of our policy to enable minorities with nobility and without mollification,” Naqvi told columnists and refered to a large group of measures for the welfare of minorities.

A year ago, Naqvi had said that the Center would nullify the subsidy for Haj pioneers as per a Supreme Court arrange.

“A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had, during the Congress regime in 2012, directed that the Haj subsidy be done away with. Hence, in the new policy, as per the recommendations of a committee, we have decided to do away with the Haj subsidy gradually,” he had said.

Subsidy Issues:

The Haj subsidy is given to Muslim Hajj explorers by the government in type of reduced tolls on Air India. It additionally incorporates assistance to Muslim explorers for household go to achieve specially planned Haj takeoff air terminals, restorative considerations, lodging assistance and feast. The subsidy program has its starting points in British provincial time. In 2008, the aggregate subsidy gave by the government was US$1,815 per Muslim explorer.

As indicated by sources in the minority affairs ministry, till 2017, the notional reserve funds following progressive abrogation of subsidy since 2012 was to tune of Rs 636.56 crore. In the event that, the government had decreased the subsidy gradually till 2022, the aggregate national reserve funds would have been around Rs 5970.6 crore, the sources said.

The government’s choice on renouncing Haj subsidy has no importance as there was no such concession and Muslims were being swindled in its name, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said.

“The subsidy was not given to those going on Haj but rather it was for Air India that is running in misfortunes. It was an eyewash. Muslims were conned for the sake of the subsidy,” AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani told PTI. “In typical days, tickets for Saudi Arabia seek Rs. 32,000 however amid Haj, Air India used to charge Rs 65,000 to Rs 1 lakh from those going for Haj. The toll will be less without subsidy,” he said.

Responding circumspectly to the government’s choice, the Congress said it trusts that the Modi government will respect the pinnacle court’s heading and use this money for the training and improvement of the weakened among the minorities, including young girls. Respecting the Center’s choice, the Vishva Hindu Parishad said the money spared from it ought to be used for the training of poor Hindu girls.

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