New Delhi, Hajj subsidy row: The Union Minority Affairs Ministry, under Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday formed a six-member committee, which will look into the abolition of Rs 690 crore annual subsidies given by the government to Haj pilgrims every year. This happened after the Annual Haj quota for Indians increased from 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh
Another Political leader Asaduddin Owaisi struck a right note by asking the central government to allocate the subsidy being given to the Haj pilgrimage, to be allocated towards girl’s education.
On Wednesday senior Owaisi tweeted, “Saudi Arabia has increased Haj Quota to 1.70 from 1.30 we welcome it @naqvimukhtar Please remove Haj Subsidy 690 cr allot to Girls Eductn”.
As per the Supreme Court in 2012 it had directed the Central Government to gradually reduce and abolish Haj subsidy over 10 years and invest the amount in education and other measures for social development of the minority community.
As per the contract signed between Mukhtar Abbas (Minister of state for Minority affairs) and Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten (along with Arabia’s haj), now 1.70 lakhs people from India can visit to this pilgrimage each year. It will be effective from current year 2017.
Many Muslim scholars are of a belief that Hajj is not mandatory for any person if he or she is financially incapable of it and it should be done on their one’s own earned money and not from the subsidy, said scholars.
Ghareeb-e-Nawaz scheme , as per the Minority Affairs Minister, Abbas Naqvi, the government will launch Ghareeb-e-Nawaz scheme for skill development for minority youth with an aim to generate employment and opportunities for them. In this scheme the youths will be provided fromsix to twelve-month duration courses for skills development.
There is another set of people waiting to take up the issue, in case the subsidy is abolished. Their argument is the governments give subsidies for pilgrimages of other faiths. Talking just of Hajj subsidy should not be done.
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