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Mumbai, 01 Jan, 2017:Press release regarding my address at inauguration of renovated office premises of Maharashtra State Haj Committee at Mumbai today:

 

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Central Government and Haj Committee of India have already started preparations to ensure that the next Haj is completely smooth and convenient for the pilgrims.

While inaugurating renovated office premises of Maharashtra State Haj Committee at Haji Sabu Siddiqui Musafirkhana Road at Lokmany Tilak Marg in Mumbai, Shri Naqvi said that it is the responsibility of the government and other agencies to provide best facilities to Haj pilgrims and our Ministry is working on war footing on this matter.

Shri Naqvi said that every state should construct a Haj House and Minority Affairs Ministry is ready to help the states in this regard. We have also written to the states in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government is working hard so that just like the last Haj, the next Haj also becomes smooth and convenient. Shri Naqvi said that fir the first time, Minority Affairs Ministry sent a delegation of officials to Makka to take stock of the preparations for the next Haj. This time also, a delegation of senior officials will visit Saudi Arabia for monitoring and coordination of Haj preparations.

Shri Naqvi said that in a meeting in December with Saudi Arabia Ambassador in India Dr Saud Mohammed Alsati, arrangements for the Haj were discussed in detail. During the last Haj also, Saudi Arabia authorities had cooperated a lot which ensured smooth Haj 2016. Shri Naqvi said that we have received several important suggestions on Haj pilgrimage and we are moving forward keeping in mind these suggestions.

Shri Naqvi said that a review meeting on Haj was also held two months ago which discussed about preparations for next Haj keeping in view experiences during the last Haj. This included accommodation and transport facilities for Haj pilgrims.

Shri Naqvi said that we have received several important suggestions on Haj pilgrimage and we are moving forward keeping in mind these suggestions. Shri Naqvi said that discussion have been held with officials of Civil Aviation Ministry to ensure aircrafts with modern facilities for Haj pilgrims.

Haj 2017 has already been announced and application will accepted from 2nd January. The last date for submitting applications is 24th January. About 99,903 people went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Haj from 21 embarkation points across India through Haj Committee of India during Haj 2016. Apart from this, about 36,000 Haj pilgrims had proceeded for Haj through the private tour operators.

On the occasion of inauguration of renovated office premises of Maharashtra State Haj Committee, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Minority Welfare Shri Vinod Tawde, Mumbai South MP Shri Arvind Sawant, Minister of State for Minority Welfare Shri Dilip Kamble, Haj Committee of India CEO Ataur Rehman and Maharashtra State Haj Committee Chairman Alhaj Ebrahim Gulam Nabi Sheikh were also present.