New Delhi, 14th July, 2018:Today flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims from Haj Terminal at New Delhi Airport with prayers of country’s safety and prosperity. Total 1230 Haj pilgrims are going from Delhi airport today in 3 flights. These also included pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Besides Delhi, 450 pilgrims from Gaya; 269 from Guwahati; 900 from Lucknow and 1020 pilgrims from Srinagar are going today for Haj. Ministry of Minority Affairs, in cooperation-coordination with Saudi Arabia Haj Consulate, Haj Committee of India and other concerned agencies, had completed preparations in India and Saudi Arabia for Haj 2018 well before in time to ensure smooth Haj pilgrimage. Despite of removal of Haj subsidy & various new taxes imposed in Saudi Arabia; for the first time after Independence, a record 1,75,025 Muslims from India are going to Haj this year without any additional financial burden. These include record more than 47 % per cent women.