New Delhi, Jan 16: The Central government on Tuesday removed the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims.
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made this announcement, claiming that 1-75 lakh Muslims, highest number ever, will go on Haj this year.
Addressing media, he said Haj subsidy funds will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of minority community.
The decision to withdraw Haj subsidy comes after government allowed Muslim women above the age of 45 to go on the pilgrimage without a male guardian, in groups of at least four.
The Ministry of Minority Affairs had constituted a committee last year to review the existing Haj policy and suggest a framework for a new policy for 2018-22.