Hyderabad: Telangana State Haj Committee on Thursday released the list of 1,532 pilgrims who have been confirmed to go for Hajj 2018 after Qurrah or Draw of lots.
The Haj Qurrah, Haj Draw, for the pilgrims going to Hajj from Telangana was held at Hajj House in Hyderabad at 11:00 am on Thursday.
Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and Chairman of Telangana State Haj Committee inaugurated the Qurrah (Draw of Lots) in the presence of a large number of Haj applicants.
Telangana has been allotted a quota of 4,066 pilgrims. The quota is calculated on the basis of population of Muslims in a state. Accordingly Telangana has been allotted a quota of 4,066 as its Muslim population stands at 44,64,852.
A total of 17,147 Muslims had applied from Telangana to go to hajj through Haj Committee of India. Telangana State Haj Committee released the list of 1,532 haj pilgrims after the qurrah process was completed on Thursday.
The remaining pilgrims can check their status by entering their cover number on Haj Committee of India website.
The 29 page list of 1,532 pilgrims from Telangana is online and those interested can download it by clicking here:
Click to download Telangana Final list for Haj 2018 pilgrims
Telangana State Haj Committee also released 204 pages waiting list containing the names of 9,993 pilgrims.
Click to download Telangana Waiting list for Haj 2018 pilgrims
The Maharashtra State Haj Committee also completed the Qurrah on Thursday to select 11,527 pilgrims.
Reports coming from Kerala State Haj Committee, Andhra Pradesh Haj Committee, Jammu and Kashmir Haj Committee, Rajasthan State Haj Committee, Gujarat State Haj Committee, Karnataka Haj Committee, Uttar Pradesh State Haj Committee and other states said they will complete the Haj Qurrah in the next few days - possibly before the end of the January second week.
The Haj Committee of India had earlier begun receiving Haj Application Form from November 15, 2017. The last date was initially set as December 07. It was later extended to December 22.
This is the first time women pilgrims will perform Haj without Mehram - male guardian. The move has been possible after the Saudi Government amended the norms for issuing visa to women pilgrims. Earlier the Saudi Haj Ministry was issuing visa to women pilgrims only when they were accompanied by male guardian.
However according to the new rule, women haj pilgrims if they are above 45 years of age and are applying in a group of 4-5, they will be issued visa in the absence of mehram.
Some 1300 women from India have applied this year with a request to perform Haj without mehram or male guardian.
According to Haj 2018 plan, the first Haj Charter flight will depart from India on July 07, 2018 whereas the first inbound flight from Saudi Arabia to India will be August 24, 2018. "Detailed Haj flight schedule will be released later on", the Haj Committee of India said.
The 2018 Haj Action Plan, and all dates and schedule have been decided keeping in mind the Youme Arafa 2018 - Arafat Day 2018 or the Haj Day 2018 on August 20, 2018 (tentative).
The Haj Committee of India has also enabled the link for the applicants to check Cover Number for Haj 2018.
There are two options to check cover number. One is by entering Passport Number and the other is directly entering Haj Cover Number received while submitting the application to confirm registration.
Haj Cover Number is important as all communications, Haj Draw or Qurrah and Hajj accommodation and travel arrangements are made using Cover Number as reference.
Applicants should note that Hajj 2018 Flight Schedule from all embarkation points will be released by the Haj Committee of India only after the process of the Haj Qurrah is completed.
India has been allocated based on population of Muslims in the country a Haj quota of around 1.70 lakh by Saudi Government. Out of them, pilgrims numbering 70% of the total quota will go through the Haj Committee of India, rest all opt for Private Tour Operators (PTOs) to travel to Makkah and perform Haj.
The Qurrah or Draw is held because of number of application received by the Haj Committee of India exceeds the allotted quota.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Haj Authorities have increased India's quota by 5000. Last year a total of 170,025 pilgrims from India had performed haj. This year a total of 175,025 pilgrims will go to Makkah. The increase in quota has been conditional.
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