The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Tuesday ended the Hajj subsidy for Muslims. Announcing the decision, Union Minority Affairs MInister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the decision was in line with his government’s policy to ’empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement.’
“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 was quoted by Hindustan Times.
Naqvi was quoted by NDTV, “Muslims didn’t benefit from it. Development with dignity is what we believe in. The subsidy will be used for educating girls.”
In October, a central government appointed panel had recommended abolishing Hajj subsidy as part its new draft billed as Haj Policy 2018-22. In 2012, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to abolish the Haj subsidy gradually by 2022.