New Delhi, Jun 19 - In the backdrop of the Supreme Court ordering phase out of Haj subsidy, government today said the pilgrimage should be undertaken by people with their own resources even as it expressed readiness to consider a proposal for setting up a Haj Corporation.
"The government had decided four years back after consultations with common people and ulema...A lot of people felt that Haj is compulsory only for those people who can go on this pilgrimage with their own money," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters here.
"There is no role of subsidy, a lot of people have expressed this. Even otherwise, the subsidy is given to airlines while a single community is blamed for it," he said.
Khurshid said that the system for Haj pilgrimage should be established in such a way that people could go there with their own resources and at the right price.
"The new arrangement should be such where there is no subsidy and Haj is possible at the right price and people can go to Haj with their own resources and money, the people have said. Even the Supreme Court had something on similar lines," he said on the sidelines of conference on Haj management.
His comments came days after the Supreme Court ordered phase out of the Haj subsidy.
With regard to a proposal for formation of a Haj corporation, the Minister said it was an idea which would be discussed. PTI