Uttar Pradesh Haj Minister Azam Khan has written a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid asking him to reconsider the Centre`s decision to provide subsidy to Haj pilgrims.
The Haj Committee of India has imposed new norms of once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage via subsidy.
From ruling that sleep was a fundamental right to urging the government to phase out the Haj subsidy in 10 years, to nixing guidelines on media reporting, the Supreme Court continued its judicial activism during 2012.
Kerala govt decided to convene a meeting of Muslim religious organisations to elicit their views on the recent Supreme Court direction.
RSS has welcomed the Supreme Court ruling asking the government to phase out Haj subsidy to Muslim pilgrims.
SC might have finally given a roadmap to do away with Haj subsidy but a move was afoot in the government 15 years ago.
Welcoming the Supreme Court order on abolishing Haj subsidy, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said the government had been working on the issue "in the same direction" over the years.
In a major setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down its policy of giving government subsidy to Muslims going on annual Haj pilgrimage.
In the wake of SM Krishna`s statement on Haj subsidy, BJP demanded that the govt should make it clear if it was thinking of withdrawing it.
A large number of Muslim organisations have approached the Centre, seeking abolition of the subsidy concept for Haj.
The Government has approved Haj subsidy for 1.25 lakh pilgrims and fixed fare of Rs 16,000 per person undertaking the journey.
If the government wants to do away with the subsidy for Haj pilgrims it is fine, some leading Muslims feel, but they want transparency and privatisation of the pilgrimage programme.
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