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India allotted additional quota for Haj 2013

Sunday March 17, 2013 10:34:15 PM, Agencies

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Jeddah: Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed and Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Haj Dr. Bandar Hajjar on Saturday signed the annual bilateral Haj 2013 agreement and discussed arrangements for Haj 2013 in Jeddah.

Ahamed said in a press conference at the Indian Consulate that a quota of 1,70,000 hajis has been allotted to India for the Haj 2013.


“We had requested the minister to accommodate an additional number of 10,000 pilgrims during the next Haj,” said Ahamed, who handed over a letter to the Saudi Haj Minister in this regard.


Hajjar told Ahamed during that meeting that the request for additional numbers in the quota would be looked into favorably.


Earlier, Hajjar held talks with Ahamed at his office in Jeddah. They discussed issues related to the performance of Haj by Indian pilgrims for this year, including their transportation, accommodation and awareness campaign.


Ahamed praised Saudi government’s great care and concern for improving the services being rendered to the pilgrims.

Ahamed said that a total of 170,000 pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, in which 1,25,000 will be coming from the Haj committee under the government and 45,000 pilgrims will perform through private tour operators.


He said, “25,000 units are already hired in Makkah (upto 1,500 meters from Haram Sharief).”


He was also informed that hiring of accommodation in Azizia will start from March 19, 2013 onward.


“Indian pilgrims, meanwhile, are being instructed not to add any food item to their baggage,” he added.


He said the first flight from India carrying pilgrims will arrive on Sept. 7.and the last will depart on Nov.19.




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