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Organizational Reforms besides the Subsidy would improve the Haj Services
Supreme Court directed the Union Government in reply to a public interest petition to phase out the subsidy provided for Haj pilgrims in the span of next ten years. Haj subsidy is facilitated by government in the form of airfare discount which is cumulatively accounted 690, 600 and 605 Rs. in Crores (excluding service tax) during the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. The fares for India-Saudi Arabia are being charged on higher side by the Airlines during the Haj period vis-à-vis other times of the year as actual fare per pilgrim was Rs.54,800/- in the year 2011 as compare to Rs. 25000 in normal days for return tickets to Saudi Arabia. Higher fares are charged due to regulations imposed by the Saudi Arabian Authorities during the Haj period and zero return loading by airlines (passenger mostly travelled to one side and flights return with zero passengers). To concessionaire the pilgrimage from such extra burden, each pilgrim travelled through Haj Committee of India was charged Rs.16, 000/- towards airfare and the additional amount of Rs.38000/- per Haji compensated by the Union Government is termed as “subsidy”. Through the subsidy, government decided not to pass on and burden the additional amount charged by the airline, purely on logistics, to the pilgrims. Subsidy was basically started in 1973 when government ended the sea travel and to compensate the difference between air and sea, government subsidized the pilgrimage. Supreme Court’s verdict to phase out the subsidy get the mixed responses form the political and community leaders; secularist and right wing political parties hailed the decision as subsidy is being considered an appeasement for particular religion by them and it is also welcomed by a section of Muslim community itself who treat the subsidy against the Islamic norms on the basis that Haj is not compulsory to each Muslim but it is only applicable for the person having the ability to perform the same within his financial capacity. Supreme Court also directed the government to eliminate the subsidy with reference to Islamic norms and suggested to divert the subsidy amount for the upliftment of community. Whereas others argued that subsidy should be continued as pilgrimage paying the normal cost of fare and the additional fare charged because of the Haj specific logistics is to be paid by the Government to the airlines. And availing of subsidy by government is not against the teaching of Islam. Further, government should help for the accomplishment of poor Muslim dream to perform Haj once in a lifetime as it is his duty to fulfill the wishes of its citizen and while government involves in other religious activities directly or indirectly. However, provision of subsidy can be reserved for first time Haj going person or for above 60 years so that quantum of subsidy amount can be minimized....More
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