Starting 2018, Government of India has stopped the nearly Rs. 1,000 crore annual Haj subsidy that was used to support the nearly 1.75 lakh Muslims – both men and women to complete the once in a lifetime Haj pilgrimage. This subsidy will now be used for the education empowerment and welfare of girls and women of the Muslim Community – another great development to assist in progress of this community. Some complain that the subsidy was used to support Air India’s high ticket prices. But whatever one may say, this government subsidy was critical in lowering travel costs and assist those with lower income levels to complete this pilgrimage. With the end of this subsidy, could we expect more support by the richly endowed AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board), the many Waqf Boards around the country and even well to do Muslim to support their community for this pilgrimage?
Source: Zee News
- 17 Jan 2018