It is time India joined the comity of advanced nations and got rid of these 
hangovers from a previous era.

No state subsidies for pilgrimages for Haj or the Holy Land. It is not fair to 
other religious groups or to atheists.

On what grounds are taxpayers being burdened by religious beliefs of some 

Roland Francis

> On Sep 22, 2016, at 12:52 PM, Nelson Lopes <> wrote:
> Subsidy to pilgrims to HOLY Land
> In Jan 2011, under P.C.Trust a proposal by Christian community of
> Chinchinim for subsidy to Holy Land, on the line of Haj Subsidy was
> submitted a memorandum through Mr Shantaram Naik, M.P, when UPA was in
> power.It received no further impetus from him even after subsequent
> reminders, only taking advantage of publicity on the ocassion. The proposal
> was signed by about 5000 parishioners from Goa, Mumbai, Mangalore, Kerela,
> Delhi, Rajashtan and then MLA`s of Goa Assembly. It is once again being
> revived through Govt of Goa,present and past MLA`s to whom the request is
> mailed. Press note is also released to all English dailies
> The Govt Of Tamilnadu grants a subsidy of 20K to each pilgrim, to Holy Land
> limited to a fixed number annually
> The Govt of Goa in the interum can at least consider favourably on the
> lines ofTamilnadu State
> It is reported that MP had met the P.M , Dr Manmohan along with MP`s
> belongin to Christian Community earlier to our petition and was requested
> to reteriate the demand forcefully, but to no avail.
> Jerusalem is a very significant birth place of Lord Jesus and i rightly
> called the Holy Land , as the history of Catholics religion is rooted in
> Jerusalem, where he was born ,lived, and carried out his mission as the
> saviour of mankind Pilgrimage to Holy Land will help to relive th memories
> associated with Him, In Andra Pradesh The S.C had stayed the subsidy
> intended by the Govt of that State, The proposal to Goa Govt, did not evoke
> any response and was ignoored, though they scout for catholic votes only to
> get esconced in power. The Goa Govt, and a Catholic M.P on other hand go
> out lock, stock and barrel in appeasing Haj pilgrims and providing all
> facilities
> The catholics hardly constitute 2% of the population of India, difficult to
> make the voice felt and not a vote bank priority/asset to the politcians
> and also being scattered across some states, Goa having substantial
> catholic population, increasingly desirous to amke the visit once in their
> life time
> THE SUBSIDY WOULD REDUCE THE BURDEN OF OVER 100K per person in undrtaking
> the pilgrimage.The secular India finds no cause for worry in providing
> subsidy to Haj pilgrims annualy to Meca over decades
> India being a secular state it is just and fair, eqitable that pilgrimage
> to Holy Land, Meca are treated equally for subsidy, the S,C has opined that
> this is a very small expenditure' that can be easily absorbed without
> casting a heavy burden on the exchequer

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