In keeping with Supreme Court orders and its own political plank, the Modi government will no longer provide subsidy to Haj pilgrims and has pledged that funds saved will be used for the education of minorities, particularly girl children.
“There will be no subsidy for Haj from this year,” minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told the media on Tuesday during an interaction at the BJP headquarters and said that the move is part of an effort to “empower minorities without appeasement”.
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) January 16, 2018
The Muslim community has welcomed the decision as they have been asking for the withdrawal of the subsidy for years .Many felt the subsidy was not only creating an impression of minority appeasement but also was restricting the choice for the pilgrims .The government of India had made it compulsory that subsidized piligrims could only fly Air India and a fixed price was quoted .With privatisation many alternative airlines at more reasonable pricing and better amenities are available but the piligrims had to travel only by Air India.This policy was seen as an effort to protect the interest of Air India from competition.
Speaking to reporters AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi attacked the Narendra Modi government and asked it to end the “Hindu appeasement politics” too.He said he was not against the decision, and in fact welcomed it, but there should be no double standards. Owaisi has been demanding that Haj subsidy be removed and used for Muslim girls’ education since 2006. Owaisi said the government should walk the talk and allocate Rs 20,000 crore for scholarships for Muslim girls in the upcoming budget session. He also challenged the government to withdraw all subsidy given to Hindu pilgrims as well.
#Haj Subsidy 3 Qs to BJP/RSS Why did Haryana government give 1 Crore to Dera Sacha Sauda was it for electoral appeasement?4qs why did Modi govt gave grant of 100 crore to MP govt for Simhastha Maha Kumbh & MP govt had spend 3,400 crore was this not appeasement?
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) January 16, 2018
Haj subsidy is merely Rs 200 crore. BJP called it appeasement. I ask BJP, the PM and RSS that if Muslim Haj subsidy is appeasement, what about Kumbh Mela? The government had allocated Rs 1,150 crore when Kumbh Mela was held in 2014,” he said. He pointed the state BJP governments had allotted thousands of crores for Hindu piligrims ,temples and festivals .”Was it for electoral appeasement?,” he asked, adding “Will BJP tell the Yogi government, which is painting everything saffron, including Haj House, to stop Rs 800 crore for pilgrimage to Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura, and Rs 1.5 lakh to each Manasarovar yatri?