Haj committee formed to look into issue of subsidy is convened by Afzal Amanullah

  • The GoI has formed a six-member committee to give a report on ways to improve India’s Haj policy and also look into issue of subsidy to the pilgrimage.
  • This is in light of 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing it by 2022.
  • Former Consul General of India (CGI), Jeddah, Afzal Amanullah has been appointed as convener of the high-level panel,
  • The panel will examine implications of various directions of the apex court with regard to the existing Haj policy, and suitable amendments in it.
  • The committee will also review the effectiveness of Haj Committee of India’s management of pilgrims’ accommodation and air travel.
  • It will also assess the aspects of transparency, consumer satisfaction and disclosure requirements for private tour operators to protect interest of the pilgrims with a view to make the policy of greater assistance to the pilgrims.

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