Haj is not for making profits, says apex court

July 27th, 2012 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday said that the private tour operators (PTOs), engaged in the travel of Haj pilgrims, could not undertake their enterprise with an eye on profits.

“Haj is not for making profits,” said the apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai in the course of the hearing of a batch of petitions by PTOs, seeking to be registered for the allocation of Haj seats.

While declining to interfere with the Haj policy, relating to PTOs for the year 2012, the court said there was a lot of scope for improvement in the policy.

The court said that the Haj policy for PTOs should be just reasonable and fair to all concerned and not lead to monopolisation of travels of the Haj pilgrims by a few private operators.

According to the Haj PTO policy for the year 2012, anyone having an annual turnover of Rs.1 crore in either 2009-10 or 2010-11, was eligible to be registered.

PTOs who moved the court Friday contended that those who have a turnover of Rs.1 crore or more in year 2011-12 too should be considered for registering as Haj PTO.

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