NO AID TO CHRISTIANS BUT ALL THE AID TO MUSLIMS
Date: 24 Jul 2009
THE INDIAN BABOO(N)S ARE NOT EVEN EMBARRASSED OVER THIS SITUATION. FOR THE MUSLIMS THERE ARE HEAVILY SUBSIDISED HAJJ FACILITIES TO MECCA BUT NOT A PAISA FOR THE NATIVE HINDUS AND SIKHS AND THE "FOREIGN" CHRISTIAN IMPORT.
READ ON THE MONKEY BUSINESS THAT IS GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND BANDIT NEHRU DYNASTY ALLIANCE.
NOT TO FORGET THAT BANDIT NEHRU KISSED THE ISLAMIC CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN BUT THEN MADE HIS OWN COUNTRY SECULAR IN ORDER TO "STARVE TO DEATH" THE NATIVE HINDU RELIGION THROUGH NEGLECT.
Date: Thursday, 23 July, 2009, 5:55 AM
Andhra High Court stays state funding of Christian pilgrimage
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July 22nd, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by IANSÂ Â -Â
Hyderabad, July 22 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh High Court Wednesday stayed a state government order providingÂ financial assistanceÂ to Christians for pilgrimage toÂ Bethlehem,Â JerusalemÂ and other places connected with the life of Jesus Christ.
While staying the order issued last year, aÂ division benchÂ headed by Chief Justice A.R. Dave ruled that the government should not spend public money for any pilgrimage.
The court order came on aÂ public interest litigationÂ challenging the constitutional validity of the order issued by the minorities welfare department July 21 last year.
The petitioner argued that aÂ secular stateÂ cannot fund pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy places. He contended that theÂ Indian ConstitutionÂ in Article 266 clearly states how the funds of state could be spent.
Under the order, the state government had announced a financial assistance of Rs.20,000 to each Christian pilgrim undertaking seven-day tour to Jordan andIsrael.
The first batch of 51 Christian pilgrims had undertaken the pilgrimage with the government assistance in November last year. The total cost of the pilgrimage was Rs.56,000 for each pilgrim.
The pilgrimage includes visit to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth,Â Jordan River, Dead Sea andÂ Sea of GalileeÂ and other important places connected with the life of Jesus Christ.
The state government had allocated Rs.20 million for the purpose in the 2008-09 budget.
High court: No state aid for pilgrimages
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July 22: In an interim order with far-reaching consequences, theÂ Andhra Pradesh high courtÂ on WednesdayÂ directed the state government not to extend financial assistance for pilgrimages undertaken by members belonging to "all religions" to visit holy places.
Dealing with two separate petitions, the court set aside a state government order granting aid to pilgrims bound for Jerusalem; three batches of pilgrims have availed of the subsidy. The state government has also prepared an order to provide assistance to pilgrims bound for Manasarovar and is drawing up guidelines for this.
The state government has decided to approach theÂ Supreme CourtÂ against the interim order delivered by a division bench comprisingÂ Chief JusticeÂ Anil R. Dave and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan.
The order could have wide-ranging repercussions across the country. While the court did not specifically mention theÂ Haj subsidy, it did ask the government to stop financial assistance to pilgrims of "all religions".
This was interpreted to include theÂ Haj pilgrimage, which the Union government assists in the form of a Rs 12,000 airfare subsidy to each pilgrim.
The court was dealing with separate petitions opposing subsidy for pilgrimages to Jerusalem and to Hindu holy sites, and it decided to expand the scope of the petitions to "all religions".
Asked about the impact of the ruling on the Haj subsidy, the Andhra Pradesh stateÂ haj committeeÂ executive officer, Mr M.A. Quddus, said: "There is a case pending in the Supreme Court on subsidy forÂ Haj pilgrims. The court had asked the government to continue the existing policy until further orders."
TheÂ Andhra Pradesh governmentÂ earlier strongly opposed the court taking up the petitions, saying it was "interference" in the administration. Additional advocate-general A. Satyaprasad said that extending financial help to pilgrims was a policy decision, in which the courts had no say.
The judges said: "We will not interfere if it is in the larger public interest, but if the government is giving concession to individuals in the name of religion it, (the court) will definitely look into the issue." The judges said they would not allow taxpayer funds to be spent on pilgrimages.
The state law officer argued that though the government had no religion, theConstitutionÂ did not prohibit it from providing aid to pilgrims. "The concept of secularism does not mean prohibiting the state from takingÂ welfare measuresÂ for pilgrims of various religions," he said. "We should not forget that taxpayers elect governments, and allow them to function and spend money."
He said that under Article 212 of the Constitution, budgetary allocations were the prerogative of the legislature; and the courts were prohibited from interfering.
The court said: "We are not against funding for construction of temples, mosques, churches or any other shrine by the government.. . but we cannot allow the government to spend taxpayer money on individuals."
The court said Article 152 of the Constitution empowered the courts to review policy decisions. The court said it intended to expand the scope of theÂ writ petitionsÂ beyond the prayer of the petitioners by including all pilgrimages undertaken by persons of all religions.