The Haj subsidy is a subsidy given to Indian Muslim Hajj pilgrims by the Government of India in form of discounted Air fares on Indian Government owned Air India. The program has its origins in British colonial era.
#BREAKING | Government subsidy to Haj pilgrims withdrawn; government says decision is part of its agenda of empowerment of minorities without appeasement
— Times of India (@timesofindia) January 16, 2018
In 2016, the Centre spent Rs 405 crore as subsidy for the Haj pilgrims. In 2014, the subsidy was Rs 577.07 crore and in the following year, it was reduced to Rs 529.51 crore. Muslim leaders have argued that the Hajj subsidy is “un-Islamic” and that Hajj money should be invested in education and health instead.
Government plans to use the cut in funds meant for subsidy to be used for educational purposes of Muslims.