Sunday, September 4, 2011

10,000 additional Haj quota: NC seeks more seats for JK

A day after Saudi Arabia announced an additional quota of 10,000 Haj seats for India this year, ruling National Conference Saturday appealed Haj Committee of India to allot as many additional seats as possible to Jammu and Kashmir.
Welcoming the decision by the Saudi government, general secretary advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmad said that this will help many intending pilgrims, who couldn’t make it through draw of lots, to embark the holy pilgrimage.
“We appeal Haj Committee of India to allot as many as seats possible to Jammu and Kashmir for being the Muslim majority state,” Sheikh Nazir said.
As per Hajj Committee of India, the seats will be distributed to the states and Union Territories on the basis of proportionate Muslim population.
A total of 7471 including 4614 males and 2857 females have already been selected for annual Hajj pilgrimage this year. The selected pilgrims include four infants.
This year, All India Hajj Committee has allowed a companion for those above 70 years of age, easier passport clearances and automatic inclusion of those applicants in the list who have been applying for three years.

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