The Centre has decided to restrict the number of Haj pilgrimages for Muslims through Haj Committee to one in a life time.
There will, however, be no restriction on private visits. Till now, Muslims could undertake the trip once in five years.
There have been rising complaints that the same set of people make the pilgrimage over and over again through Haj Committee, which subsidises travel. The committee pays national carrier Air India (AI) to ferry Haj pilgrims.
Muslim bodies have been repeatedly seeking removal of the subsidy saying AI benefits more from it than Muslim pilgrims. The state has claimed the move is to provide the benefit of subsidy to applicants who have never performed Haj.