After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims Current Affairs 

After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims

New Delhi: The Centre today announced a noteworthy reduction in airfare for people going on Haj, a month after it scrapped subsidies for the pilgrimage. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described the move as a “major step”. “The PMO took a keen interest in this. The decision is in line with our empowerment without appeasement policy,” Naqvi told reporters. The fare reduction will be applicable to passages on Air India, Saudi Airlines and Flynas, an air carrier based in Saudi Arabia, to Jeddah and Medina from 21 airports…

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Narendra Modi government ends Haj subsidy for Muslims Current Affairs 

Narendra Modi government ends Haj subsidy for Muslims

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday has withdrawn Haj Subsidy which traces its origin in British colonial era. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the decision was in line with the Centre’s agenda to empower minority communities “with dignity and without appeasement”, The Times of India reported. “The funds spent on the Haj subsidy will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of the minority community,” Naqvi said. The move comes a little over two months after Naqvi said the government could phase out the…

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