Government thinking of doing away with Haj subsidy

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  1. Yusuf

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    KOCHI: External affairs minister S M Krishna on Monday said the government is having "second thoughts" on continuing the Haj subsidy as a number of Muslim organisations have demanded its abolition.

    A large number of Muslim organisations have approached the Centre, seeking abolition of the subsidy concept for Haj, he told reporters here when asked if there are plans to provide similar package for Christian pilgrims going to the Holy Land.

    "There have been second thoughts even with reference to Haj. Haj reforms are taking place and this aspect will also form part of the reforms," he said, adding the government was seriously looking into it.

    "We are eventually thinking of doing away with subsidy content. Large number of Muslim organisations want to abolish the subsidy concept for Haj," Krishna said.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/12506144.cms
     
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    LIke for everything, they will continue to keep thinking and not acting.

    The subsidy does help the poorer sections of the Muslim society.

    Stopping it will hurt this section and this is a very large section in the Muslim community.

    In short, VOTES!

    I have spoken to many of the Muslims who are petty shopkeeper or workers in shops or daily help. While they do feel that it is not correct to take assistances to do Haj, yet, why look a gift horse in the teeth?

    Muslim organisations are not poor and are really not representative of the reality that exists!
     
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    Armand, you are totally OT here. Not understood the tile of the thread. The Indian govt gives subsidies to Indian Muslims to travel for Haj to Saudi. It's a controversial issue directly related to vote bank politics.
     
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    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/govt-plans-to-do-away-with-haj-subsidy-krishna/245110-3.ht

    Govt plans to do away with Haj subsidy: Krishna - India News - IBNLive

     
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    This is not a new observation but something that has been in the works for a couple of years now.

    Haj subsidy was introduced in 1993 and is a classic case of "appeasement" with no benefit to Muslims in general. The money instead could be used to spend on infrastructure projects or schools and scholarships in minority areas which will provide long term benefits to everyone.

    Since 2010 Haj, the GoI has already started making almost 25% savings in Haj subsidy when it ended the Air India monopoly on Haj travels and allowed open competitive bidding which resulted in cheaper return fares. The next phase is to charge the richer Hajis a premium so as to cross - subsidies the poorer pilgrims. In 2011, the subsidy cost has gone down to almost under INR 500 crore.
    Haj: Airlines shortlisted, subsidy bill to go down - Indian Express

    IF the "goodwill" delegation which basically consists of a bunhc of GoI sponsored people being sent "free of cost" is cut down to zero, this will cut the subsidy bill furhter. As discussed in an earlier thread, there will be no opposition from any Muslim group and many will infact welcome it. K Rahman Khan, the deputy speaker and Congress MP has been pushing for this strongly for the past couple of years and hopefully we will see a complete phaseout by 2015

    http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/...6-haj-subsidy-phase-out-begins-next-year.html

    In any case, the Hajj is obligatory ONLY if you have the financial and physical capability to do so. If you can't afford it, it is not obligatory on you and so you don't have to do it.
     
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    The Hindu : News / National : Eliminate Haj subsidy in 10 years: court

    Finally, the court has given a go ahead. But I wonder whether we need 10 years to implement it??

    Recently, MP govt. too moved in a bill to support pilgrimage for the old. I hope that bill also gets quashed.
     

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