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Q. 1140 SUBSIDY FOR HAJ QUOTA

March 07, 2013

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1140
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.03.2013

SUBSIDY FOR HAJ QUOTA

1140. SHRI MOHD. ALI KHAN:
SHRIMATI T. RATNA BAI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has reduced the subsidy of Haj quota; and
(b) if so, the details thereof and reasons therefor?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI E. AHAMED)

(a) & (b) No. The expenditure incurred by the Government by way of subsidy for air travel of Hajj pilgrims during Hajj 2010, 2011 and 2012 is provisionally estimated at `600 crores, `692 crores and `835 crores respectively.

Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its Interim Order dated May 08, 2012 has directed the Government to progressively reduce the amount of subsidy so as to completely eliminate it within a period of 10 years from May 08, 2012. Each pilgrim who travelled through the Hajj Committee of India for Hajj 2012 paid an amount of `20,000/- towards the air fare as compared to `16,000/- during Haj 2011.

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