Subsidy for Hindu Pilgrims

by Sulaiman Razvi

https://theindianmuslim.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/subsidy-for-hindu-pilgrims/

Right wing groups in India keep mum about government’s subsidy for Hindu pilgrims but makes Hajj subsidy a controversial word. Right wing groups boasts about subsidy given to Muslim pilgrims but the Hindu nationalist BJP didn’t abolish Hajj subsidy when it was the ruling party in 1996-7 and 1998-2004 respectively.

Subsidy for Hindu pilgrims is state sponsored and many states like Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu etc provides subsidy for Hindu pilgrims. Here are some links which gives details about subsidy given to Hindu pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar and Muktinath Yatra and billions of rupees for organizing events like Kumbh Mela, Amarnath Yatra, cleaning of rivers, ponds after Ganesh Chaturthi etc

Uttar Pradesh’s Akhilesh governments provides subsidy to Hindu pilgrims for Mansarovar

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2162853/SPs-Mansarovar-sop-Akhilesh-woos-Hindus-yatra-subsidy-demands-Haj-slots.html

50,000 rupees subsidy for each Hindu pilgrim on their return from Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in 2015-16 year
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/UP-invites-applications-for-subsidy-from-UP-pilgrims-who-completed-Kailash-Mansarovar-Yatra/articleshow/49146569.cms

it had done similar in 2013 also

http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/kailash-mansarovar-pilgrims-to-get-more-subsidy/1150187/

Tamil Nadu subsidy for Muktinath and Mansarovar
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/subsidy-for-pilgrims-going-to-manasarovar-muktinath/article3726644.ece

 

2,500 crore rupees (370 million USD approx) budget set aside by Maharashtra government for arrangements of Nashik Kumbh Mela

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra/rs-2500-cr-22-govt-depts-40-ngos-at-work-for-clean-kumbh-mela/
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/nashik-kumbh-mela-inaugurated-by-cm-devendra-fadanvis-1020079.html

Maharashtra’s Nashik Muncipal Corporation and State government approves rupees 1,052 crore in 2015
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maharashtra-government-yet-to-give-rs-200-crore-for-kumbh-mela-nashik-mayor-2105312

 

Madhya Pradesh’s Simhasta Kumbh Mela budget may rise to 5,000 crore rupees (750 million USD approx), 3,000 crore rupees has been spent so far.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/simhastha-kumbh-budget-may-rise-to-rs-5000-crore-mp-govt/articleshow/51070355.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/good-governance/madhya-pradesh/Simhastha-Kumbh-budget-may-rise-to-Rs-5000-crore-MP-government/articleshow/51072663.cms

Punjab state introduces Cow Cess to shelter and protect cows because cow is holy among Hindus
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/now-a-cow-cess-in-punjab/article8605063.ece

Haryana state proposes Cow cess
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/haryana-commission-proposes-5-cow-cess-movie-tickets-welfare-bovines-46122

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/after-punjab-now-cow-cess-proposed-in-haryana-2902171/
Apart from these subsidy government also funds certain Hindu religious rites like granting 2.5 crore rupees fund to Shri Shri Ravi Shankar etc.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/culture-ministry-gave-rs-2-5-crore-for-sri-sri-ravi-shankar-s-world-culture-festival_1864171.html

 

The Haryana government will spend around Rs 100 crore to celebrate the teachings of Bhagavad Gita at Kurukshetra, where Lord Krishna is believed to have delivered the sermons that form the crux of the Hindu religious treatise.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/haryana-s-khattar-govt-to-spend-rs-100-crore-for-gita-festival/story-AyHxT6YLjeTWpe2ckPa1IP.html

 

TS Budget allocates Rs.100 cr. for Brahmin Welfare Fund
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/ts-budget-allocates-rs100-cr-for-brahmin-welfare-fund/article8352309.ece
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130316/budget-2016-telangana-to-announce-rs-100-crore-for-welfare-of-brahmins.html

Also check the funds allotted to different castes and religions,
Backward Classes: Rs 5,070 crore
Most Backward Classes: Rs 1,000 crore
Scheduled Castes: Rs 14,375 crore
Scheduled Tribes: Rs  8,165 crore
Dhobis & Nayee Brahmins: Rs 450 crore
Weavers (Padmashalis): Rs 1,200 crore
Yadavs (Sheep rearing):Rs  2,500 crore
Brahmin welfare:Rs 100 crore
Minorities: Rs 1,249 crore
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/140317/telangana-budget-tells-a-sop-story.html
https://scroll.in/latest/831687/telangana-government-presents-welfare-budget-with-outlay-of-rs-1-50-lakh-crore

Now you do the maths of how much funds are allotted to Hindus.

Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao to set up Brahmin society for welfare of poor
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/telangana-cm-chandrashekhar-rao-to-set-up-brahmin-society-for-welfare-of-poor-117012100075_1.html

Karnataka pays for rain rituals,
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/karnataka-pays-for-rain-rituals/article3662167.ece

Andhra Pradesh govt orders ‘Yagnas’ in temples to please rain gods.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/150819/nation-current-affairs/article/andhra-pradesh-government-orders-yagnas-temples-propitiate

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