LUCKNOW: Akhilesh Yadav Government was providing a subsidy of Rs. 50,000 to all Hindu Yatris going to China –Nepal to perform Kailash Mansarover Yatra .Mr. Aditya Nath Yogi after assuming the charge as CM of UP announced to double this subsidy to Rs. 1 lac during his first speech as CM in 2017 .
Consider this with the sudden announcement made by Union Minister of Minorities Affairs Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to scrap the Haj subsidy in January 2018 .Although Supreme Court has directed in 2012 , to phase out Haj Subsidy till 2022 , but the BJP government did not wait for another four years and decided to stop Haj Subsidy in 2018 only .
Such decisions which are taken in the name of secularism are actually examples of worst kind of bias and communalism. At one hand, many state governments are providing subsidies to the Hindu pilgrims going to Yatras in China and Nepal , the BJP unleashed a calculated propaganda against Haj Subsidy creating a false impression that by such subsidy the previous governments were indulging in Muslim -Appeasement .
The same BJP party and government kept criminal silence over subsidies being provided to Hindu Yatris going for Kailash Mansarover Yatra for the last so many years .
While announcing the abolishing of Haj subsidy, central minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said,”This decision was in the line of our policy to empower minorities without appeasing them.”But the BJP leaders and government cannot explain now , why subsidy to Hindu Yatris going to Kailash – Mansarover Yatra still continue while Haj Subsidy has been abolished .
It is very interesting that while central government makes wide arrangments for Amarnath Yatra , Char Dham Yatra ,as well as Kailash Mansarover Yatra in China , and Mukti Nath Yatra in Nepal , many state governments like UP ,Gujarat ,Rajasthan , tamil Nadu ,Madhya Pradesh , Haryana , Delhi , Karnataka , Chhattis Garh provide subsidy to all Yatris whether they perform Yatra through government agencies or through private tour operators .
Different state governments are providing different amount ranging from Rs. 20000 to Rs.1 lac per Yatri . Is Yatra Subsidy not appeasement of majority community or against secularism ?