Do you think the Haj pilgrimage subsidy should be phased out?


Ajay Singh | April 10, 2010

The Government’s proposal to phase out Haj subsidy to the tune of Rs 826 (Hindustan Times) is bound to generate much heat and dust. Somee Ulemas have been consistently opposing the subsidy calling it un-Islamic.  But the fact remains that a large section of pilgrims are able to make it to Mecca, the ultimate destination of every Muslim, because of the subsidy. Rs 826 crore might seem like a lot of money, but if the State is able to help the biggest minority of the country to keep their religious appointment, is that such a big price? After all, the government spends a lot of money and effort in facilitating the Kumbh melas, too. The raging debate however is whether the State should withdraw absolutely from anything that is remotely  linked to religion?  Given the nature of the State, it appears quite difficult. Hence the question: Do you think that the Haj subsidy should be phased out?





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