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A Record Number Of 1,75,025 Pilgrims From India To Go For Haj This Year : Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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| April 22 , 2018 , 17:50 IST

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said that for the first time after the Independence, a record number of pilgrims from the country will go to Haj this year and that too without any subsidy.

Naqvi was addressing a training camp organised for the “Khadim-Ul-Hujjaj” at Haj House, Mumbai. He said that the Government led by PM Modi has succeeded in getting India’s Haj quota increased for the second consecutive year and now, for the first time after the Independence, record 1,75,025 pilgrims from India will go to Haj 2018.

A total of 3,55,604 applications had been received for Haj which included 1,89,217 male and 1,66,387 female applicants.

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This year, a total of 1,28,002 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of India which includes about 47 percent females. 47,023 Haj pilgrims will go through Private Tour Operators.

For the first time, Muslim women from India will also go to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion). A total of 1308 women have applied to go for Haj without “Mehram” and all of these women have been exempted from lottery system and allowed to proceed to Haj.

The Minister also said that Saudi Arabia has given a green signal for India’s decision to reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also. Officials of two nations were working on the technicalities.

For the first time, choice of embarkation points has been given to Haj pilgrims, which has received overwhelming response.

A total of 6700 pilgrims will go from Ahmedabad, 350 from Aurangabad, 5550 from Bengaluru, 254 from Bhopal, 11,700 from Cochin, 4000 from Chennai, 19,000 from Delhi, 5140 from Gaya, 450 from Goa, 2950 from Guwahati, 7600 from Hyderabad, 5500 from Jaipur, 11,610 from Kolkata, 14,500 from Lucknow, 430 from Mangalore, 14,200 from Mumbai, 2800 from Nagpur, 2100 from Ranchi, 8950 from Srinagar and 3250 from Varanasi.