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1500 pilgrims from TN leave for Haj pilgrimage

Written by: Staff
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Chennai, Dec 5: Tamil Nadu Haj Committee Vice-Chairman Aboo Backer today said 1,500 pilgrims from the state had so far left for Jeddah on the haj pilgrimage.

Talking to UNI, he said the remaining 2,000-odd pilgrims would leave for Jeddah before December ten.

He said the Union Government had increased the subsidy component for haj pilgrims from Tamil Nadu by five per cent following the intervention by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Earlier, it was reduced to 20 per cent, he added.

While thanking Mr Karunanidhi for his noble gesture towards Muslims, Mr Backer appealed to the Chief Minister to urge the Centre to restore the original quota of subsidy allocated to Tamil Nadu on the Haj pilgrimage from next year onwards.

He said when a delegation met Mr Karunanidhi, a couple of days ago to discuss the subsidy allocation issue, Mr Karunanidhi assured them that he would take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahammed, when he visited New Delhi.

The pilgrims from Tamil Nadu would begin their return journey from January 6 to 16.

UNI

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