New Delhi: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that, even after ending the Haj subsidy, Rs 57 crore less will be paid to airlines this year for those Haj pilgrims, who are going through Haj Committee of India.
While addressing an Orientation cum Training camp for Haj Coordinators / Assistant Haj Officers / Haj Assistants and Medical personnels in New Delhi, Naqvi said that in 2017, a total of Rs 1030 crore was paid to airlines for air fare for 1,24,852 Haj pilgrims. Whereas, in 2018, a total of Rs 973 crore will be paid to airlines for 1,28,702 Haj pilgrims, going through Haj Committee of India.
Shri Naqvi said that a total of 3,55,604 applications had been received for Haj 2018 which included 1,89,217 male and 1,66,387 female applicants. For the first time Muslim women from India are also going to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion). A total of 1308 women are going to Haj this year without “Mehram”.
For the first time, choice of embarkation points has been given to Haj pilgrims which has received overwhelming response.