[The annual ritual is held every year to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their noble son Prophet Ismael. (File photo)]
Mumbai: The Haj Committee of India Thursday rejected as fake the news which appeared in a section of the media and later went viral on social networking sites claiming that it has advised the Haj Pilgrims not to carry Rs.2000 currency notes as the newly denominated notes are banned by the Saudi government.
"The news circulating in the media regarding the ban on Rs.2000 notes is fake, not true", a Haj Committee of India official said while talking to ummid.com.
"The Haj Committee of India issues notifications and written guidelines for every big and small thing concerning the pilgrims on Haj. They include flight status, health warnings, maximum allowable baggage, how the pilgrims could get Qurbani (Adahi) coupons and other related matters.
"We would have issued a written warning if there was indeed any issue with the Rs.2000 currency notes", he said.
"There is no reason for the pilgrims to get panicked as the news circulating in the media is not true", he reiterated.
The news that the Haj Committee of India has advised all officials in the states to inform pilgrims not to carry Rs.2000 currency notes first appeared in a leading English daily. It was later also flashed by some television channels.
It is reported that Saudi officials have decided not to accept new currency notes of Rs.2000 since there were rumours that fake currency is in circulation.
About 170,000 Haj pilgrims from India will go to Makkah in Saudi Arabia to perform Haj expected to be held in first week of September.
As per the Foreign Exchange Rules, every Haj pilgrim is entitled to carry Rs.25000 Indian currency or $10000 with them.
The annual ritual is held every year to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his noble wife Hager and their noble son Prophet Ismael. Hajj also coincides with Eid al Adha - celebrated by Muslims across the world.