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Government may remove Haj subsidy: Krishna

A large number of Muslim organisations have approached the Centre, seeking abolition of the subsidy concept for Haj.



Kochi: External Affairs Minister SM 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.

PTI

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