Union Minority Affairs Minister said that the Central Government has taken effective steps to ensure safety and better facilities of Haj
pilgrims and emphasised that no negligence will be tolerated in this regard.
Dubai: Performing Haj
will be more expensive for Pakistanis from this year as the government has abolished the subsidy given to pilgrims in previous years.
Furthermore, Naqvi said that news reports suggesting that the Haj
Act has been modified are "baseless".
Furthermore, under the current scheme, Pakistanis who have performed Haj
under the government scheme in the past are not eligible to apply irrespective of the period/year in which they performed Haj
The Omani Haj
mission comprised a number of delegations including the guidance and Ifta delegation, the medical delegation, the administrative delegation, the financial delegation, the media and scouts delegation, and ROP delegation, among others.
Naqvi's comments come while addressing the orientation-cum training camp held for Haj
pilgrims in Delhi on Saturday.
The Minister pointed out that the portal for PTOs has been launched for the first time by Ministry of Minority Affairs to ensure that the entire process related to Haj
becomes fully transparent.
This year, those Islamic dates correspond to October 22-23 when departing for Haj
and October 29-30 when returning to the UAE while Eid Al Adha falls on October 26.
Once in a lifetime, it is an obligation and ultimate desire of every Muslim men and women to perform Haj
. It is the best act of worship.
This will provide enough opportunities for all the concerned agencies to make preparations well in advance so that world class facilities to the Haj
pilgrims are ensured.
After significant increase in Indias Haj
quota by Saudi Arabia Government, a total of 1,70,025 people will go to Haj
pilgrimage this year from India out of which 1,25,025 pilgrims will go through Haj
Committee of India while 45,000 people will go through Private Tour Operators.
"We have noted that some Haj
operators ask applicants for money as fees for Haj
visas," Abdul Aziz Al Fayez said.