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Haj Committee receives more than 3 lakh applications for Haj 2012

Sunday April 29, 2012 05:28:13 PM, Hena Farhat, ummid.com

Mumbai: Though the final figure will become clear in a day or two, Haj Committee of India on Saturday claimed that it had received more than 3 lakh applications from the people willing to go for Haj this year.

 

"The Haj Committee of India has received an estimated 3,11,000 applications for the Haj 2012 from all across the country", said an official statement released yesterday.

 

The last date for receiving the Haj applications was April 25.

 

This year's estimate as claimed by the Haj Committee is an increase of more than nine thousands as compared to the last year. Last year, the Haj Committee had received a total of 3,2,616 applications.

 

The Haj Committee has also directed all the regional offices in Haj Committee offices in various states to complete the data entry as soon as possible so that the final figure can be estimated.

 

Another important factor claimed by the Haj Committee is the ready passport it has received with the Haj applications. As compared to last year when only 1,80,000 out of the total 3,2,616 had ready passports, this year all applicants have submitted their passports along with the applications.

 

Earlier, the special passports were issued to the people going for Haj. The government, however, changed the rule three years back and made it compulsory for Hajis to have international passport.

 

In 2011, India was allocated a quota of 170,491 for Haj. Out of this 118,239 seats were allocated to Haj Committee and 45,491 to private tour operators. Rest were retained by the government of India.

 

This year, looking at the observations made by the Supreme Court about VIP Haj quota, number of Hajis going through Haj Committee may see further increase.

 

 

 

 






 



 

 

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