Reconsider hike in airfare for Hajj: Tarigami
Srinagar, July 13: Criticizing arbitrary airfare hike for repeat Hajj pilgrimage for people of J&K, the state secretary CPI (M) Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has urged the state government to take up the issue with both Civil Aviation Ministry and the Central Hajj Committee of India.
In a statement, Tarigami said the subsidy on Hajj pilgrimage has already been curtailed by the Government of India to provide subsidy to Hajj pilgrims once in a lifetime as against the earlier policy of once in five years.
“Now the latest hike in airfare for repeat pilgrimage is an uncalled for exercise. This decision will deprive many Hajj aspirants as they would not be in a position to take their genuine acquaintances along and deprive them to fulfill their religious obligation,” Tarigami said.
“I appeal the Government of India to reconsider the decision of airfare hike especially for Jammu and Kashmir Hajj pilgrims and remove anomalies in pilgrimage airfare elsewhere in the country,” Tarigami demanded.
He also appealed the central government to address problems being faced by pilgrims in getting passport. “Procedural wrangling in issuance of passport means many Hajj aspirants are deprived from going on the holy pilgrimage,” he added.
He said currently, in order to get a passport a person has to take appointment by applying online through passport office, which opens only for an hour. “The website operates very slow and applicants could not get appointment even after standing in a queue at cyber cafe for hours,” he said and appealed the concerned union ministry to facilitate easy access to Hajj pilgrimage aspirants to avail passport facility without any hassles.
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