New Delhi, 03rd July, 2019: Press release of regarding flagging off the 1st batch of Haj pilgrims from New Delhi:


 Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today flagged off the first batch of Haj 2019 pilgrims from Indira Gandhi International Airport with prayers of country’s safety and prosperity.

Shri Naqvi congratulated to Haj pilgrims and extended best wishes to them for their pilgrimage.

On the occasion, Delhi Revenue and Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gehlot, Minister for Food Shri Imran Hussain, MP Shri Sanjay Singh, Haj Committee of India Acting Chairman Shaikh Jinah Nabi, Haj Committee of India Member Shri Hasan Baqar Kazmi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs Shri S K Dev Varman, Haj Committee of India CEO Shri Maqsood Ahmed Khan, Delhi Haj Committee Chairman Shri Asim Ahmed Khan and people from all sections of the society congratulated and bid farewell to the Haj pilgrims.

A total of 419 Haj pilgrims including 202 women left from Delhi in the first flight. These Haj pilgrims are from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, Agra, Meerut, Rampur and Bulandshahar.

Shri Naqvi said that first time since Independence, a record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims are going to Haj this year without any subsidy. Honest and transparent system developed by the Modi Government has ensured that even after removal of Haj subsidy; there is no unnecessary financial burden on the Haj pilgrims.

Shri Naqvi said that a record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims are going to Haj this year through more than 500 flights from 21 embarkation points across the country. Tomorrow 04th July, flights will go from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Srinagar. Besides Delhi, Haj pilgrims from UP, Haryana, Uttarakhand, J&K, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh will proceed from Delhi embarkation point.

Besides, Haj pilgrims will go from Bengaluru (07th July), Calicut (07th July), Cochin (14th July), Goa (13th July), Mangalore (17th July), Mumbai (14th and 21st July), Srinagar (21st July). In the second phase, flights will go from Ahmedabad (20th July), Aurangabad (22nd July), Bhopal (21st July), Chennai (31st July), Hyderabad (26th July), Jaipur (20th July), Kolkata (25th July), Lucknow (20th July), Nagpur (25th July), Ranchi (21st July) and Varanasi (29th July).

Shri Naqvi said that the number of women Haj pilgrims going without “Mehram” (male companion) this year is double in comparison to last year. 2,340 Muslim women from India are going for Haj without “Mehram” this year while 1180 women had performed Haj last year without “Mehram”. This year too, the Minority Affairs Ministry has made arrangement to send these women on Haj without lottery system. 2 lakh Indian Haj pilgrims include about 48 per cent women.