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No more Haj subsidy, decision taken to empower minorities, says Naqvi

Earlier this year, Naqvi had said that the govt would abolish the subsidy for Haj pilgrims in accordance with SC order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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There will be no subsidy for from this year, minority affairs minister said on Tuesday.

Naqvi told reporters that despite the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 175,000 will undertake the pilgrimage this year from India.

Naqvi also said that the Saudi Arabian government has in principle agreed to allow journey from India by ships and officials of the two countries will sit together to finalise the modalities.

"This is part of our policy to empower with dignity and without appeasement," Naqvi told reporters and cited a host of measures for the welfare of

Earlier this year, Naqvi had said that the Centre would abolish the subsidy for pilgrims in accordance with a Supreme Court order.

"A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had, during the Congress regime in 2012, directed that the be done away with. Hence, in the new policy, as per the recommendations of a committee, we have decided to do away with the gradually," he had said.

First Published: Tue, January 16 2018. 16:32 IST