Indian Muslims will be able to go to Haj more easily.
As per the annual bilateral agreement signed between India and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Haj 2017, a quota of 1,70,025 pilgrims (1,25,025 seats for Haj Committee of India and 45,000 seats for Private Tour Operators) has been allocated as against the quota of 1,36,020 pilgrims (1,00,020 seats for Haj Committee of India and 36,000 seats for Private Tour Operators) during previous year.
The quota allotted to Haj Committee of India are allocated to all States/ Union Territories Haj Committees in proportion to the population of the State/UT as per Census 2011.
This information was given by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State (IC) for Minority Affairs, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
This would help Indian Muslims make their pilgrimage easily.
Around 99,903 Indian Muslims went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Haj from 21 embarkation points across India through Haj Committee of India during Haj 2016. Apart from this, about 36,000 Indian Muslims had proceeded for Haj through the private tour operators.
Ministry of Minority Affairs and Haj Committee of India had earlier said that it started preparations for Haj 2017 very early to ensure that the next Haj is completely smooth and convenient for the pilgrims. The states have been allotted Haj quota as per their population according to Census 2011 with complete transparency, it had claimed.