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Scrapping of Haj subsidy arbitrary, motivated: CPI(M)

The government stopped the subsidy for the annual pilgrimage 'abruptly'. The Supreme Court had in 2012 said the subsidy should be phased out over 10 years, it said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 17, 2018 3:40 pm

The CPI(M) on Wednesday alleged that the government’s move to withdraw the subsidy for Haj was “arbitrary and motivated by other considerations”.

The government stopped the subsidy for the annual pilgrimage “abruptly”. The Supreme Court had in 2012 said the subsidy should be phased out over 10 years, it said. “The sudden withdrawal of the subsidy seems arbitrary and motivated by other considerations,” a party statement read.

The CPI(M) asserted it never supported “state subsidy or funding of pilgrimages”. After this move, there should be no “central or state government funding” for subsidies and grants for pilgrimages, it said.

Read | No more Haj subsidy: Move to empower minorities, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi yesterday announced the scrapping of the subsidy for Haj from this year, four years ahead of a deadline suggested by the apex court in a 2012 order.

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  1. Manoj
    Jan 18, 2018 at 7:00 am
    The boiling cauldron of dissent is not due to the issue of doing away with subsidy the issue is with the unitary imposition aimed at only one religious following. If the government had any semblance of fairness and strength of morality and character (as they claim), they should have removed subsidy for all religions regardless. But this is not what they intend to do as their actions indicate otherwise. Stopping subsidy for a pilgrimage which is one of the basic tenets of a religion while continuing to subsidize pilgrimages for Hindus, which are not part of any religious diktat of Sanatan dharma or Vedantism, is inconsiderate, partisan, and 'racist' to say the least.
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    1. lal lal
      Jan 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm
      Subsidy for Hindu pilgrimage will and should continue.All major temple of India money goes to the government unlike Church and mosque Can you name one Muslim or christian country in the world where they give subsidy for pilgrimage to Hindu minority. Wrong decisions continued after 1947 by Congress led to the current situation !
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