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Mumbai: The Government in Saudi Arabia has increased the quota of pilgrims going for Haj from India by ten thousand Hajis.


The decision followed the requests made by the Indian Government for an additional quota in the wake of overwhelming number of Hajis applying for this year's Haj.


"We had demanded an additional quota of 25,000 hajis for Haj 2010. The government of Saudi Arabia following our requests agreed to increase the quota by 10, 000", Haj Committee CEO Abbas Mukaddam told the reporters.


"With this, number of Hajis from India has increased from 1,15,000 to 1,25,000", he added.


"The additional quota is however still with the Government of India. Once Hajj Committee formally receives it, we will start the regular procedure for allotting it to Hajis who are in the waiting list", Mukaddam said.


The Government of India keeps a quota of 11,000 Hajis - normally referred to as Government Quota with it. Allotments from this quota are given to Hajis based on the recommendations made by MPs, MLAs, Governors and Ministers.


Though the Haj Committees in different states have already completed their procedures to allot confirmations to Hajis from their quotas of total 1,04,000, the Government is yet to release its qouta of 11,000 Hajis.


The last date to allot from the Government quota is August 31 and the government now has a total of 21,000 seats with it.


Haj Committee officials fear, the advantage of increased quota may not reach to Indians if the procedure is delayed further.


Every year over 3.5 million people from all across the world go to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Like every year, the Saudi government is taking all efforts to make this year's Haj in November to be hassle-free.




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