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Haj Committee receives 1.5 lakh applications, and still counting

Wednesday March 13, 2013 08:07:29 PM, Hena Farhat,

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Mumbai: Even as eight more days are to go for the last date, the Haj Committee of India has received more than 1,50,000 applications from the people who are willing to go to haj in the year 2013.


The figure is 25,000 more than the quota allotted to India by the Saudi government.


"We have received more than 1.5 lakh applications till March 12 from all across the country so far for the haj 2013", a Haj Committee official said while talking to


"This is 25,000 more than the quota allotted to the country by the Saudi Hajj Ministry", he added.


The Haj Committee of India started receiving applications from February 06. The last date of the application is March 20.


The applications received from many states are also more than the actual quota allotted to them by the Haj Committee of India.


"Applications received from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala and few other states are more than what we had received in the last year. The figure is also manifold higher than their allotted quotas", he added.


The number of applications are expected to increase even further as there are still eight days to go for the last date.

"Last year, the Haj Committee had received 98,000 applications in the last 10 days with 48,000 applications being received on the final day", he said.


"From Maharashtra alone the Haj Committee has received a total of 23,238 applications", he said.


"Besides Assam, Tripura, West Bengal. Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar is  the state from where we have received just 1542 applications. It is the least we have received from any state", he said.


More than 3.5 million people from all across the world go to Makkah for haj every year. To control the crowd, the Saudi government has allotted quotas to all countries based on the population of the Muslims.


India has been allotted a quota of 1,25,000 hajis. The Haj Committee of India has distributed its quota to the states based on the percentage of the Muslim population.


More than the double of the allotted quota every year apply to the Haj Committee of India for Haj. Applications of the half are rejected as the selection is done by a draw.


Recently the Govt. of India restricted the haj from the Haj Committee to once-in-a-lifetime. It says, the "decision has been taken to give opportunities to those pilgrims who have never performed Haj before". 


The decision, however, received strong opposition from the Muslims. It has also been challenged in the court.











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