10% of Haj ap­pli­ca­tions on­line, in­forms Naqvi

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - — PTI

Around 10 per cent of to­tal Haj pil­grims ap­plied on­line this year and this trend will be en­cour­aged on a large scale for next year’s pil­grim­age too, Union Min­is­ter of state for mi­nor­ity af­fairs ( In­de­pen­dent Charge) and par­lia­men­tary af­fairs Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi said on Fri­day.

He was speak­ing at a re­view meet­ing with of­fi­cials at the Haj House in the city to take stock of prepa­ra­tions for the pil­grim­age. The mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­istry and other con­cerned de­part­ments are se­ri­ous about the ar­range­ments, fa­cil­i­ties and safety of Haj pil­grims, said Naqvi.

The min­istry has been send­ing se­nior of­fi­cials to Saudi Ara­bia to take stock of ar­range­ments, fa­cil­i­ties, safety and help­ing for about 1.36 lakh In­di­ans who have been pro­ceed­ing for Haj ya­tra this year, he said.

Naqvi also at­tended a train­ing camp or­gan­ised for Haj pil­grims, where he wel­comed a large num­ber of peo­ple who have been go­ing for the pil­grim­age. Be­sides var­i­ous in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Haj, dis­as­ter- man­age­ment train­ing was also pro­vided to those go­ing for Haj in the train­ing camp.

With prayers for peace, pros­per- ity and har­mony in the coun­try and the en­tire world, Naqvi wished a suc­cess­ful Haj pil­grim­age to the devo­tees. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, BJP MLA Raj K Puro­hit, Haj Com­mit­tee CEO Ataur Rehman, Haj Com­mit­tee Mem­ber and Gu­jarat Co­or­di­na­tor H B Kazmi were present at the train­ing camp.

Ear­lier, train­ing camps for Haj pil­grims were also or­ga­nized in var­i­ous states. About 4,500 Haj pil­grims will pro­ceed to Jed­dah, Saudi Ara­bia for Haj pil­grim­age from Mum­bai this year from Au­gust 27.

For 2016, about 1,00,020 Haj pil­grims have been fa­cil­i­tated from 21 points across In­dia through Haj Com­mit­tee and around 36,000 pil­grims have also been pro­ceed­ing through the pri­vate tour op­er­a­tors.

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