The Indian Union government has decided that there will be no Haj subsidy from this year. The decision was declared by minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters that even though the subsidy has been withdrawn, a record number of 1.75 lakhs Muslims will be undertaking the pilgrimage this year from the country. The Saudi Arabian government has agreed in principle to allow Haj journey from India by ships said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. He said that the officials of the two countries will come together to work out the finer details of the pilgrimage. As soon as the news of the ending of Haj subsidy came, mixed reactions on Twitter started pouring in. Some people opposed the ruling while many applauded it saying that the Haj subsidy was against Islam. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Gets Election Commission Notice Over Her Address To Muslim Voters In Hoogly

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters, “This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had, during the Congress regime in 2012, directed that the Haj subsidy be done away with. Hence, in the new policy, as per the recommendations of a committee, we have decided to do away with the Haj subsidy gradually.” Twitterati had a load of mixed reactions to the decision and soon the hashtag #HajSubsidyEnds started trending. Sample a few tweets below. Padmaavat’s Full Page Disclaimer Ad Disheartens Twitterati, Calls it Death of Democracy Also Read - 'DJ Bandh Karwao': Cleric Refuses to Solemnise Weddings After Grooms Dance to Loud Music Atop Car

Hopefully, this would not be the case

Who benefited from the subsidy

All religions are equal

No appeasement

Education for all

Courageous decision

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had earlier directed the government to gradually reduce and abolish Haj subsidy in 10 years and invest the sum in the education and other measures for social development of the minority community. The Haj subsidy has often been criticized by other communities as it goes against the secular framework of the country. The government without wasting much time or deliberating on it ruled that they would abolish the Haj subsidy immediately.