The first batch of Haj pilgrims on Saturday was flagged off by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who said the preparations for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage had been completed.
Flights for Haj will start from 14 July, when pilgrims from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Lucknow and Srinagar will embark on the pilgrimage. Flights from other embarkation points would start later.
Supreme Court asks Centre to accommodate 1,965 applicants for Haj pilgrimage in age group of 65 to 69
Muslims aged between 65 and 69 years, who are fifth-time unsuccessful applicants for Haj pilgrimage, have a reason to rejoice as the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to accommodate 1,965 such people for travel to Mecca this year.
The Centre has withdrawn the subsidy for Haj pilgrimage, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced on Tuesday.
Central ministries to hold meeting with stakeholders on new Hajj policy on 2 November, to discuss abolition of subsidy
Ministries of minority affairs and external affairs are expected to discuss the Centre's proposed Haj policy as also suggestions received from stakeholders
The Centre has formed a six-member committee to give a report on ways to improve India's Haj policy and also look into issue of subsidy to the pilgrimage in light of 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing it by 2022.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday requested the central government to increase the quota of Haj pilgrims from the state.
The Supreme Court also directed the government to reduce the number of its representatives in the Prime Minister's goodwill delegation that is sent.