Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali on Saturday welcomed the stand of Muslim scholars, intellectuals and leaders that the Government should scrap the Haj subsidy and divert the funds for education and health.

In a statement here, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said Rs. 308 crore earmarked for the Haj pilgrims could be used for opening schools, setting up of medical centres and providing sanitation in areas where such facilities did not exist.

The suggestion assumed importance in the wake of the Rajinder Sachar Committee's report on the socio-economic condition of the Muslim community in the country, he said.

One should not be under any monetary obligation while undertaking Haj, he added.