New Hajj Policy unfriendly: G A Mir

New Hajj Policy unfriendly: G A Mir

Srinagar Nov 21: Describing the new Hajj Policy 2017 as unfriendly and unbecoming on the part of Central Hajj Committee and Central Govt, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir stated that adding no priority to those aspirants who have not been selected earlier for Haj Pilgrimage, is very discriminatory and biased saying that State Govt has even failed to convince the Central Hajj Committee and Central Govt on this count.
Mir also expressed serious concern over minimizing subsidy on Hajj Pilgrimage terming it as a wrong decision on the part of Central Govt which need to be revoked and full subsidy must be restored to Hajj aspirants.
Lashing out at Central Govt for change in Hajj Policy, G.A. Mir Tuesday said that Govt must revoke the decision of not adding priority to those aspirants who have not been selected earlier while as they deserve to get priority for Hajj pilgrimage in coming year.
He said UPA Govt had framed policy of adding priority to Hajj drop outs, thereby providing them opportunities to go on pilgrimage, besides ensured adequate subsidy to them, but the present dispensation at Centre is working in an opposite direction, rather than creating new opportunities for Hajj aspirants, it has adopted discriminatory approach towards them.
Expressing serious concern over the new Hajj Policy, G.A. Mir criticized State Govt for failing to come upto to the expectations of the people on this count also, as that, State Govt could not convince both Centre Govt and Central Hajj Committee, saying that adding no priority and minimizing the subsidy on Hajj Pilgrimage is a step taken in haste certainly going to create hurdles to the aspirants waiting for their turn to move on Hajj Pilgrimage.
Recalling the Hajj Policy of UPA Govt, G.A Mir said that UPA I UPA II has taken various measures benefitting Hajj Aspirants in shape of Priority, Subsidy or enhancing Hajj Quota from time to time, but this Govt has not only minimized the subsidy, but cancelled the priority for drop outs, which need to be corrected forthwith.
Mir urged both Centre Govt and Central Hajj Committee to revoke the new Hajj Policy and restore the priority to drops out, besides ensuring subsidy they were enjoying. (PTK)