Mumbai: The Haj Committee of India on Friday released state-wise allocation of seats for Haj 2017. The state-wise distribution of seats has been done based on the percentage of Muslim population in a particular state.
Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadeep are the two states which have been granted special quota of 1500 and 250 seats respectively.
"The quota allocated to various States and Union Territory Haj Committees for the pilgrims of Haj 1438 (H) - 2017 has been calculated as per the percentage of Muslim population of 2011 Census", the Haj Committee of India CEO Ataur Rahman said while releasing the 2017 Haj quota.
According to the details released by the Hajj Committee of India, Jammu & Kashmir with special quota and remaining surplus seats will have a total quota of 7,960 pilgrims. A total of 35,217 applications have been received by the J&K State Haj Committee for 7,960 seats.
Likewise, Lakshadeep with special 250 seats and 03 remaining surplus seats will have a total of 298 Hajj pilgrims. Number of applications in Lakshadeep however are 366.
Uttar Pradesh with Muslim population of 3,84,83,967 has been allocated a quota of 29,017 pilgrims. But, number of applications received by the Uttar Pradesh State Haj Committee is 51,375.
West Bengal, Bihar and Assam are next after Uttar Pradesh in terms of Muslim population.
While West Bengal, with a Muslim population of 2,64,54,825, has been allocated a quota of 9,940 seats, Bihar having a Muslim population of 1,75,57,809, has been allocated a final quota of 6,963.
Assam, which has a Muslim population of 1,09,10,451, has been allocated a final quota of 4,279 haj pilgrims. Assam also included Muslims of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram.
The original quota of West Bengal, Bihar and Assam are 17,026, 12,125 and 7,535. But, since total applications received by these states are less than their allocated quota, their original quota is reduced and the surplus seats are allocated to other states.
Jharkhand, Punjab and Tripura are other three states where number of applications are less than their allocated quotas.
Maharashtra with a Muslim population of 1,29,71,152 have received a total of 57,246 applications, but it's final quota is just 9,780.
The maximum number of applications has been received by Kerala. The state has a Muslim population of 88,73,472 and has been allocated a quota of 11,197. But, the state has received a whopping 95,238 applications.
Gujarat and Kerala have been alloted Surplus seats of 6,468 and 4,506 for 5th timers.
Collectively, 31 states have received a total of 4,48,268 applications for the total seats of 1,23,700. This means 3,24,568 applicants will not get the chance to perform haj.
The final list of 1,23,700 haj pilgrims out of the total 4,48,268 applicants will be released after draw (qura) which is held by respective Haj Committees.