Centre withdraws subsidy for Haj pilgrims

The Centre on Tuesday scrapped the Haj subsidy for pilgrims as the fund will instead be used for the empowerment of minorities from this year. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Haj subsidy funds will now be used for the education of girls and women of the minority community. However, there is an exception to the rules for the poor and people over 70 years of age.