Fact check of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s ‘consecutive second year increase’ in Haj quota claim Current Affairs 

Fact check: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s ‘consecutive second year increase’ in Haj quota claim

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday claimed that Haj quota for India has “increased for the consecutive second year” because of the “growing popularity” of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s strengthened relations with Saudi Arabia. The Minister also claimed that the increase over the past two years – of nearly 40,000 – is a “record expansion” since Independence, reported TOI. In a statement, he added: “Three years ago, during the Congress regime, India’s Haj quota was about 1,36,020, which has been increased to record…

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Haj subsidy to be abolished by 2018, draft Haj policy submitted to Centre Current Affairs 

Haj subsidy to be abolished by 2018, draft Haj policy submitted to Centre

Mumbai: A ministry of minority affairs committee on Saturday submitted a draft Haj policy to the Centre suggesting slew of reforms in the existing policy including immediate abolition of the Haj subsidy and allowing women devotees above the age of 45 years to undertake the pilgrimage without any male mehram (close relative) in a group of four or more. The five-member panel of the special Haj committee, tasked with drafting a new policy for the pilgrimage between 2018 and 2022. In 2012, Supreme Court has asked the Centre to gradually…

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