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04 April 2012

May abolish Haj subsidy, says Krishna

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By T Ramavarman

Kochi: Foreign minister S M Krishna on Monday said the Centre is having "second thoughts" on continuing the Haj subsidy. The minister said this while addressing questions from reporters on whether a similar package will be granted to Christians visiting holy lands.

"Well, there are second thoughts with reference to Haj. Haj reforms are taking place and we are evaluating this question of subsidy constantly and a large number of Muslim organizations have approached the Centre to abolish this subsidy concept. So I think that will be part of the reforms which we will be taking up,'' Krishna said.

He did not specify which Muslim organizations had made this demand and what is the time-frame for the review. Interestingly, Krishna made these observations in the presence of the MoS for external affairs and the Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahmed.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

1 comment:

  1. This is a welcome move the haj is duty to the one who is able (physically/ financially or any other ability haj Pilgrimage demands) So it is against the ethics of Islam, when we go to Haj by using the subsidy not the full benefit of Haj is harvested by the Hajis.
    Also this is the topmost agenda in the Hindu/RSS campaign spreading hatred against Muslims (saying India is the only country in the world to give Haj subsidy)