I hope reduction in Haj subsidy is invested in community's welfare: Ahmed Patel to MA Naqvi

Patel further noted that the government decided to reduce and "eventually eliminate" the subsidy four years prior to the 2022 deadline. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Jan 17, 2018, 04.28 PM (IST)

Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament Ahmed Patel wrote to Minority Affairs Minister MA Naqvi over the withdrawal of Haj subsidy. 

"I hope this reduction in outlay by nearly Rs 200 crore has been matched by an increased investment in the welfare of the community, as mandated by Supreme Court," read the letter. 

Patel's letter demanded details on the same. 

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In his letter, Patel welcomed the "implementation of the Supreme Court's order" and also brought to notice the Supreme Court's mandate that "the savings accrued from the gradual reduction in the Haj subsidy must be deployed towards the socio-economic welfare of the community."

Patel further noted that the government decided to reduce and "eventually eliminate" the subsidy four years prior to the 2022 deadline. 

The Central government's grant for Haj, between the years 2014 and 2017, shrank from 400 crores to 200 crores, the letter noted.