Delhi Haj Committee delegation led by its Chairman Haji Mohammad Ishraq Khan met Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to discuss issues concerned to Haj and various facilities for the pilgrims.
"The subsidy was not given to those going on Haj but it was for Air India that is running in losses. It was an eyewash. Muslims were cheated in the name of the subsidy," AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said.
The ministry has directed the Haj Committee of India, which facilitates and subsidises the pilgrimage, to align its 2018-2022 guidelines in keeping with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
The petitioners claimed that the current scheme under which a state-wise draw of lots is held is discriminatory as it leaves out many of those who want to go for Haj but do not get the chance as the quota is limited.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca. The trip to Silicon Valley forms part of Narendra Modi’s visit to the US’ west coast – the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades. Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his “church of the poor” to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.