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Committee hopes for quota as more apply for Haj pilgrimage

CHENNAI: The annual Haj pilgrimage is expected to begin in October and the Tamil Nadu Haj committee is hoping the Centre will increase the quota for the state owing to a large number of applicants. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa had last week urged the Prime Minister to increase the quota. 

The Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee has received 13,159 applications for the pilgrimage, but the Mumbai-based Haj Committee of India has allotted only 2,672 seats to the state. Of these, 180 seats have been given to the reserved category pilgrims and 1,492 pilgrims were selected under the general category. Subsequently, another 100 seats were allotted by the Haj Committee, leaving a large number of disappointed applicants. Pilgrims from the state are expected to begin flying out from September 15, with Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur likely to account for more than 600 pilgrims. 

Tamil Nadu Haj committee officials said pilgrims would be provided free meals thrice a day during the eight-day stay in Saudi Arabia. The government of that country has issued a travel advisory for pilgrims regarding the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Tamil Nadu Haj committee is in talks with the department of health about vaccinating pilgrims before the journey. 

Every year, on an average, about 1,70,000 Indians visit Saudi Arabia for Haj. 

Ref: Times of India - August 14, 2014 - http://goo.gl/xvJo3p

Haj ‘Qurrah’ on April 17, 2014

The State Haj Committee has proposed to hold ‘Qurrah’ (draw of lots) for selection of Haj pilgrims on April 17. This year there will be a decrease of 20 per cent in the Haj quota for pilgrims proceeding through Haj Committee and private tour operators.
Haj Committee special officer, Prof. S.A. Shukoor, who attended the Haj Committee of India meeting at Mumbai, said the reduction in the quota was on account of the ongoing expansion of the ‘Mataaf’ area in the grand mosque at Makkah.
During 2013 the quota of Haj Committee after reduction was 1,21,420 and for private tour operators, it was 14,600.
According to a press release, Prof. Shukoor wanted the quota for pilgrims to be fixed on the basis of 2011 census and not 2001.
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/haj-qurrah-on-april-17/article5827339.ece

Haj Committee Looking for Govt Staff

By Express News Service - HYDERABAD
Published: 02nd March 2014 09:01 AM
Last Updated: 02nd March 2014 09:01 AM
The AP State Haj Committee is inviting applications from active Muslim government employees, between 25 and 50 years of age, for deputation as Khadim-ul-Hujjaj to assist Haj pilgrims during Haj-2014 in Saudi Arabia.
In a press release, the special officer of AP State Haj Committee Prof SA Shukoor informed that applications for the purpose should be submitted on or before March 31 at the office of the Haj Committee, Nampally. The candidates are expected to have sound health and experience in managing public functions.
However, preference will be given to government employees such as tahsildars and school teachers who have knowledge of Arabic language and experience in Haj.

For details, contact AP State Haj Committee, Haj House, Nampally or call 040-23298793