In a month after scrapping the Hajj pilgrimage subsidies, the government announced a significant drop in the airfare for Haj. Union Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi hailed it as a “major step”.
Naqvi told the reporters about the keen interest that the PMO had in making this decision. He said,
“The PMO took a keen interest in this. The decision is in line with our empowerment without appeasement policy.”
In addition, he said that the decision to cut airfares will end the political and economic exploitation. He said that the Congress-led UPA regime was more into Hajis exploitation than doing the needful.
Fares: Now and then
Naqvi confirmed the fare reduction on flyer passages on Air India, Saudi Airlines and Flynasyy, to Jeddah and Medina from 21 airports in India. From Ahmedabad, the round fare this year will be around Rs 65,015 as against Rs 98,750 in 2013-2014. In 2013-14, the airfare from Mumbai was Rs 98,750 and has now been brought down to Rs 57,857.
In the view of a Supreme Court order of 2012, the government had in January abolished subsidies given to those on the pilgrimage.