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Draw for Maharashtra Hajis: Final list of 8,673 hajis declared

Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:45:07 AM, Hena Farhat,

Arif Nseem Khan inaugurating the draw. On his right is Chairman of Maulana Azad Corporation Amin Patel

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Haj Committee receives more than 3 lakh applications for Haj 2012

Mumbai: Maharashtra State Haj Committee on Monday held the computerized draw of 42,677 Haj applications it had received to finalise the names of 8,673 Hajis of its total quota.


The draw ceremony held at Hajj House was presided over by Minister of Minority Development Department Arif Naseem Khan. It began about an hour late than the scheduled time at 08:30 a.m. and ended by 12:30 p.m.


Addressing the draw ceremony, Maharashtra State Haj Committee Executive Officer Siraj Inamdar said that a total of 42,677 applications from all across Maharashtra were received by end of the last date of submission on April 25.


Out of this, 2,463 applications were of the applicants above 70 yrs of age whereas 2,396 applications were of Hajis who applied for consecutive fourth time.


"Deducting 4,859 such applications from the total state quota, draw will be held for the remaining 3,614 seats", he said.


The computerized draw for these 3,614 seats were then completed district wise in alphabetical order.


The total quota of the state was earlier distributed to various districts based on the total population and percentage of the Muslims in the particular district.


From Nashik district, a total of 4,019 applications were filed. Of them, 213 were above 70 yrs of age and 340 applications were of the Hajis who applied for the fourth time. Hence the total 553 hajis were directly selected and draw were held for the remaining 185 hajis of its total quota of 738.


A large number of people from Mumbai and other parts of the state were present at Haj House to witness the draw ceremony. Emotional scenes were witnessed as a large number of applicants could not find their names in the draw.


Minister Arif Nseem Khan while addressing the ceremony said that looking at the large number of applications the Haj Committee had received, the government was trying to seek additional quota from the government of Saudi Arabia.


Every year around 3.5mn people from different parts of the world travel to Makkah for Haj. To restrict the total number, Saudi government has allotted quotas for different countries. The Haj Committee of India has been allotted a quota of 1,25,000 hajis.












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