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Thursday April 25, 2013 06:41:19 PM, Ather Shazan,

Arif Naseem Khan inaugurating the draw of lots for Maharashtra Hajis on Thursday

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Mumbai: Minority Development Department Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra Arif Naseem Khan Thursday lamented the Central Haj Committee and his own government at the centre saying that the two had failed in getting the sufficient Haj quota based on the current population of the Muslims in the country.


"The current Haj quota for the country is measurably less than the actual population. Thousands of the people submit their applications to the Haj Committee every year hoping that they will get a chance. But they don't get the chance. They just helplessly watch as their applications are rejected", he said.


Arif Naseem Khan was speaking after inaugurating the ceremony organised to hold the draw of lots by the Maharashtra Haj Committee at the Haj House on Thursday.


"The current Haj quota allotted to India by the Saudi Haj Ministry is based on the population of the Muslims in 2001. The government should demand an increased quota as per the current population", he demanded.


Criticizing the overall handling of the Haj by the Indian Haj Mission, Arif Naseem Khan said that despite assurances given every year, Indian hajis face difficulties during the haj. "They don't even know where is the office of the Central Haj Committee", he said demanding concrete measures to make the haj journey easier.


Applauding the construction of Haj House in Nagpur for the Hajis of Vodarbha region of Maharashtra, Arif Nseem Khan promised that the proposed Haj House in Aurangabad would soon be completed. "The land for the purpose has already been acquired. The project will be completed very soon", he said.


After today's draw of lot for the Maharashtra Hajis, the computerized list of 05,512 hajis were declared. The haj committee had received more than 35,000 applications for these 05,512 seats.


Maharashtra has a quota of 10,763 based on the population of Muslims in the state. Out of this, applications of a total of 05,251 were approved as they were either of the aspirants above 70 years of age or of those who had applied consecutively for the fourth time.


Maharashtra Haj Committee has received a total of 41,311 applications for the Haj 2013. Of them, 20,401 are males, 20,608 females and 28 children below two years of age.


The applicants whose age are above 70 years and who have been approved for the Haj 2013 without draw of lots are 2458 whereas the hajis who have applied consecutively for the fourth year are 2793.


The entire haj quota of the state is divided to different districts based on the population of Muslims. For Nashik district, the quota allotted is 867, for which 4,028 applications have been received by the Haj Committee.


More than 3.5 million hajis from all across the world go to two holy cities Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia every year to perform the annual ritaul called haj.


To control the crowd the Saudi Haj Ministry has allotted quotas to different countries. India has been allotted a quota of 1,70,000 hajis. Of them, 1,25,000 hajis go through Haj Committee of India whereas 45,000 hajis go through private tour operators.







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