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Amanullah Committee to submit its recommendations on new Haj Policy tom: Naqvi

Mumbai, Oct 6 (UNI) Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said a four-member committee, headed by retired IAS officer Afzal Amanullah, which was formed to prepare new Haj Policy for 2018-22, will submit its recommendations tomorrow.
Haj from next year will be organised according to this new Haj policy, which is aimed at making the Haj process transparent and smooth, he informed while chairing a review meeting on completion of Haj 2017 at Haj House here.
Talking about the successful and smooth conclusion of the Haj 2017, Mr Naqvi said that it was possible because the central government had completed all the necessary preparations well before time in cooperation and coordination with concerned agencies.
He said that ensuring safety and world-class facilities to the pilgrims was the priority of the government.
"We completed all the preparations keeping this in mind to ensure smooth Haj pilgrimage," he pointed.
Mr Naqvi congratulated the Haj Committee of India, Air India and other concerned agencies for their support, cooperation ensuring smooth and hassle-free Haj 2017.
The Union Minister thanked the Saudi Arabia Government for their cooperation in significantly increasing India’s Haj quota for 2017 to 1,70,025 and said it played a key role in ensuring smooth Haj this year.
Haj Committee of India chairman Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmad Javed, CJI Jeddah Mohd Noor Rahman Sheikh, Haj Committee of India chief executive officer M A Khan,Members of Haj Committee of India and senior officials from Minority Affairs Ministry also attended the review meeting.
A total of 1,24,940 Haj pilgrims performed Haj this year by 454 flights from July 24 to August 28 through Haj Committee of India. Of them, about 45,000 pilgrims went through private tour operators.
Haj pilgrims from India went to Saudi Arabia from 21 embarkation points -- Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Guwahati, Lucknow, Mangalore, Varanasi, Srinagar, Kolkata, Gaya, Ranchi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad.\\\\\\\From Ahmedabad, total 11,073 Haj pilgrims went to Haj this year.
Besides Ahmedabad, pilgrims also went through Aurangabad (2,764);Bangalore (4,734); Bhopal (1,758); Chennai (3,440); Cochin (11,805); Delhi (16,627); Gaya (6,484); Goa (656); Guwahati (4,472); Hyderabad (6,347); Indore (1,794); Jaipur (4,767); Kolkata (10,263); Lucknow (12,314); Mangalore (768); Mumbai (6,297); Nagpur (2,181); Ranchi (3,133); Srinagar (8,103) and Varanasi (5,072).