1,75,025 Muslims from India will go to Haj this year
Our Special Correspondent / New Delhi
A record 1,75,025 Muslims including 47 per cent women from India are going to Haj pilgrimage this year. Flights for Haj from country will start off from July 14th. On this day pilgrims from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Lucknow and Srinagar will embark for Haj. On 17th July pilgrims from Kolkata; on 20th July pilgrims from Varanasi; on 21st July pilgrims from Mangalore; on 26th July pilgrims from Goa; on 29th July pilgrims from Aurangabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Nagpur; on 30th July pilgrims from Ranchi; on 01stAugust pilgrims from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad and Jaipur and on 03rd August, pilgrims from Bhopal will go for Haj.
A total of 6700 pilgrims will go from Ahmedabad, 350 from Aurangabad, 5550 from Bengaluru, 254 from Bhopal, 11,700 from Cochin, 4000 from Chennai, 19,000 from Delhi, 5140 from Gaya, 450 from Goa, 2950 from Guwahati, 7600 from Hyderabad, 5500 from Jaipur, 11,610 from Kolkata, 14,500 from Lucknow, 430 from Mangalore, 14,200 from Mumbai, 2800 from Nagpur, 2100 from Ranchi, 8950 from Srinagar and 3250 from Varanasi.
Addressing an Orientation cum Training camp for Haj Coordinators / Assistant Haj Officers / Haj Assistants and Medical personnels here today, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that, even after revoking the Haj subsidy, Rs 57 crore less will be paid to airlines this year for those Haj pilgrims, who are going through Haj Committee of India.
Naqvi said that in 2017, a total of Rs 1030 crore was paid to airlines for air fare for 1,24,852 Haj pilgrims. Whereas, in 2018, a total of Rs 973 crore will be paid to airlines for 1,28,702 Haj pilgrims, going through Haj Committee of India.
Naqvi said that a total of 3,55,604 applications had been received for Haj 2018 which included 1,89,217 male and 1,66,387 female applicants. For the first time Muslim women from India are also going to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion). A total of 1308 women are going to Haj this year without “Mehram”.
For the first time, choice of embarkation points has been given to Haj pilgrims which has received overwhelming response.
Naqvi said that despite of removal of Haj subsidy and various new taxes imposed in Saudi Arabia; for the first time after the Independence a record number of Muslims from India are going to Haj this year that too without any additional financial burden.
Naqvi said that for the first time such a large number of women Haj Coordinators, Haj Assistants and Khadim Ul Hujjaj, doctors and para-medics have been deployed in Saudi Arabia. A total of 98 female Assistant Haj Officers, Haj Assistants Haj Coordinators, doctors and para-medics have been deployed to assist Haj pilgrims.
Representatives from Minority Affairs Ministry, Health Ministry and Urban Development Ministry informed in detail, various issues concerned to Haj, pilgrims, their health, safety and accommodation etc. during the Orientation cum Training camp.
हज सब्सिडी खत्म होने के बावजूद इस बार सरकारी व्यवस्था से जाने वाले भारतीय हज यात्रियों को हवाई यात्रा के लिए 57 करोड़ रूपए कम देना पड़ेगा। सब्सिडी खत्म होने और सऊदी अरब में विभिन्न करों में वृद्धि के बावजूद भारत से जाने वाले हज यात्री पर कोई नाजायज बोझ नहीं पड़ने दिया जा रहा है। pic.twitter.com/V8pAfn3SxW
— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) June 30, 2018