Saudi Arabia increases India’s Haj quota for the year 2018. Saudi Arabia has increased Haj Quota for India for the consecutive second year. After Independence, a large number of 1,75,025 pilgrims will go for Haj 2018. Shri Naqvi signed the bilateral annual Haj 2018 agreement between India and Saudi Arabia.
India’s Haj quota for the year 2018
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that three years ago, India’s Haj quota was about 1,36,020. The said Haj quota has been increased during the last two years, to a record of 1,75,025.
“This has happened because of India’s cordial & strengthened relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi”, the Minister said. He added that last year also, Saudi Arabia had increased India’s Haj quota by 35000.
Shri Naqvi, on behalf of Govt of India and people of the country, thanked the Custodian of the Makka, Madina two Holy Mosques, His Excellency, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud & Saudi Arabia Govt for the increase in India’s Haj quota.
Saudi has given the green signal for India for sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also. Officials of both the countries have to discuss all the necessary formalities and technicalities to send Haj pilgrimage through sea route in the coming years.
The Minister pointed out that about 3,55,000 applications have been received for Haj 2018. For the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without Mehram (male companion), said Shri Naqvi. More than 1300 women have applied to go for Haj without male Mehram. All of these women are exempted from lottery system & allowed to proceed to Haj.
According to the new Indian Haj Policy, all the women above 45 years of age can go Haj. They can travel to Haj in groups of four or more women.