Mumbai, 02 Jan, 2017:Press release regarding launching of Haj Committee of India Mobile App at Mumbai:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that it is for the first time that Haj application process is going to be digital.

While launching Haj Committee of India Mobile App at Haj House in Mumbai, Shri Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs has joined digital India campaign in a big way. We have made several process regarding Haj digital/online. The Central Government has been encouraging online applications for next Haj so that people can get an opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete transparency and comfort.

This mobile app will available on Google Playstore from 2nd January 2017. Next Haj has already been announced and application will be accepted from 2nd January. The last date for submitting applications is 24th January.

Applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are main features of Haj Committee of India Mobile App. Application for Haj can be made directly from the app. Five adults and two infants can apply together as a group. A PDF copy of the form will go to applicant’s email. After affixing the photo, the printout with documents is to be sent to the state haj committees. Registration fees can also be made through this app.

Shri Naqvi said that last month a new website of Haj was launched in New Delhi. The website is in Hindi, Urdu and English languages which will provide all the necessary information regarding Haj.

Shri Naqvi said that the website will also be very useful for those who will be applying for Haj online. The website gives detail information regarding Ministry of Minority Affairs, Haj Department, Haj pilgrimage, rules and regulations on Haj, Haj Committee of India and private tour operators. The website also has “Do’s and Don’ts” during Haj pilgrimage and also a film informing about various aspects of the pilgrimage.

During Haj 2016, about 45,843 people had applied for Haj online which was about 11 per cent of total applications received from across the nation for Haj. We have been making efforts to make the process of online application simple and easy so that more and more people can apply online for next Haj pilgrimage.

Maharashtra was at top place regarding online applications for Haj 2016 with a total of 10,960 people applied online. 9257 online applications had been received from Kerala; 5407 from Uttar Pradesh; 2983 from Telangana; 2426 from Jammu and Kashmir and 2425 online applications had been received from Gujarat.

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.

Shri Naqvi said 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.

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.

On the occasion of mobile app launch, Haj Committee of India Shri Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, Haj Committee CEO Shri Ataur Rehman were also present.