Malegaon: With the release of the first list of Hajis September 10, the government finally began allotments of Hajis from its reserved quota. The allotment was reportedly delayed due to the petition filed in the Kerala High Court against the Government Haj Quota.
“On Friday, the government released the first list of Hajis from its reserved quota having the names of 4, 140 applicants”, Hajj Committee CEO Abbasa Muqadam revealed to the media.
Names of the selected hajis are displayed on the websites of Ministry of External Affairs and Hajj Committee of India, Muqadam added.
The Hajj Committee has requested these Hajis to report on or before September 25 with their Passports, Bank deposit slips and other related documents.
Muqadam also informed that the Hajis going to Hajj from Government quota will be given accommodations at Azeeziya.
The government every year keeps a quota of 11,000 hajis reserved with itself. The allotments from this quota are generally made on the recommendations of the Ministers, MPs and other High level Government officials. This year the allotments from this list was delayed due to the petition filed in the Kerala High Court saying, the government should not keep such quota.
Earlier, due to the overwhelming number of applicants wishing to go to Hajj in 2010, the government has demanded from its Saudi Arabian counterpart to allot an additional quota of 25,000 Hajis to India. The concerned Ministry in Saudi Arabia, however, agreed to allot an additional quota of 10, 000 Hajis. Even after this additional quota, there remain large number of people who could not go to Haj this year as they could not find their names in the list.
Every year, more than 3.5 million Muslims from all across the world go to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. The Saudi Government has allotted quotas for various countries. From India, a total of 1,25,000 hajis will perform the Hajj.