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Abolish Haj subsidy, use it for education of Muslims: Owaisi

New Delhi: President of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and Lok Sabha MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, while speaking to BBC representative in Delhi on 4 December said that the Haj subsidy to Hajis given by the central government should be abolished and the amount thus saved be utilised for promotion of education among Muslims so as to enable them get good jobs and remove their educational and economic backwardness. He said that in the year 2009 the central government had spent about 1.5 crore Dollars on 1,21,000 Indian Hajis as subsidy which includes concessional air fares of Air India for Hajis and expenses on their boarding, lodging and internal travels in Saudi Arabia. He said that Muslims don’t need subsidy. If the government wants to help them, it should do so by promoting education among them and by removing their backwardness. He said that he was working for social, educational and economic progress of Muslims in the country because so far they have got no justice. Regarding the alleged injustice to Muslims and their overall backwardness he said that there are and have been many leaders right from Jawaharlal Nehru to ‘Maulana’ Mulayam. Muslims accepted them as their leaders and always supported them but what we / they (Muslims) got in return from them in our country? He asked how the hopes and aspirations of Muslims are being fulfilled in the developing or developed India?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2015 on page no. 14

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