Mumbai: Maharashtra Haj Committee on Tuesday held the computerised draw and announced the names of 7,357 lucky pilgrims selected from the bunch of more than fifty-five thousands from the state who had applied for the Haj 2016.
For the second consecutive year, the computersied draw was held from the reserved category containing about 11,000 applicants.
The Maharashtra Haj Committee had received a total of 55,116 applications from various parts of the state. According to the Central Haj Committee, number of application received from Maharashtra was 47,759 more than its allotted quota of 7,357.
A total of 98,820 pilgrims will go to Haj in 2016 through Haj Committee of India. This Haj quota is further divided in different Indian states based on the population of Muslims.
As per the Haj Committee of India, since the population of Muslims in Maharashtra is 12,971,152, the state has been allocated a quota of 7,357 - 7,084 original quota and 273 additional quota.
SInce the application received from Maharashtra exceeded its allocated quota, the Maharashtra Haj Committee decided to select the hajis from the reserved category. The reserved category cotained the names of applicants who were applying consecutively for the last four years, and also those who are above 70 years of age.
The Maharashtra Haj Committee had five years back decided that if a person applies consecutively for four years and his/her name is not selected in computerised draw, he/she will be declared selected.
This year since number of such hajis also exceeded the allotted Haj Quota to the state, it was decided that the draw will be held from the reserved category.
According to the Maharashtra Haj Committee, a total of 2,940 hajis who are above 70 years of age were declared selected before the draw. Also selected directly were 332 applicants who applied consecutively for 5th year. For the remaining 4,100 seats, computerised draw was held for 7,373 applications.
Saudi Haj Ministry has adoped the quota system to control the influx of Hajis.
About 3.5 million pilgrims throng the two Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia every year to perform Haj.
Meanwhile, Haj Committee of India has launched the 'Pilgrim Information Corner', and also the detailed quota of different states on its website.
To know his or her status, an applicant needs to visit the Hajj Committee of India official website, select state, entre Cover No. and Passport No. and then click on 'Load' button.