India's Supreme Court orders Hajj subsidy cut
India's Supreme Court has barred the government from giving subsidies to Muslim pilgrims going on the Hajj.
The court said the policy was "best done away with" and told the authorities to gradually reduce the subsidy and abolish it in 10 years.
The court also said that the government's "goodwill delegation" to Mecca must not exceed two members. It currently has 30 people.
India provides billions of rupees every year to people going on the Hajj.
Posted by: John Frum 2012-05-08