STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Muslims divided over proposed withdrawal

Supreme Court in 2012 directed the Centre to abolish Haj subsidy by 2022 so as to invest the subsidy amount on the welfare of Muslims.

Published: 14th January 2017 05:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2017 05:23 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Centre’s proposal to remove subsidy for poor Muslims to go on Haj Pilgrimage to Mecca and Madina has led to debate among intellectuals and politicos of TS Muslim community.

While some opposed this proposal outright, others welcomed this move saying that the funds spent for this purpose can be used for welfare and education of the poor.

Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir criticised Centre for considering the idea of removing Haj subsidy. He attacked AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for asking Centre to stop providing subsidy to those who go on Haj pilgrimage. “MIM chief, whose income has spiraled from Rs 8 lakh in 2004 and Rs 4.5 crore in 2014 (as per election affidavits) may not require it. But, Haj subsidy granted by British in 1932 is a boon to poor and retired officials for one Haj pilgrimage in their life time,” he said urging Centre not to remove subsidy.

Few intellectuals from the community said welfare and development of Muslims is a Constitutional obligation. Hence, they argue that by cancelling Haj subsidy of Rs 690 crore, Centre cannot bring any contribution to their welfare. Differing with this view, a few back the move, saying that this would help government in spending more money for welfare of poor Muslims.

Supreme Court in 2012 directed the Centre to abolish Haj subsidy by 2022 so as to invest the subsidy amount on the welfare of Muslims.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp