Srinagar, Jan 09: Joint Secretary Minority Affairs Nirupama Kotru, a Kashmiri Pandit who was a part of Indian delegation led by Union Minister Smriti Irani to signal Hajj Settlement 2023 has stated that India’s annual Hajj quota has been enhanced to 1.75 lakh pilgrims yearly.
She advised information company KNS from Saudi Arabia that below new Settlement 2024, the Saudi authorities has agreed to boost India’s annual quota of first time Hajj Pilgrims to 1.75 lakh yearly.
She stated that the nice a part of the settlement is that this yr additionally highest variety of Hajj pilgrims shall be from Jammu & Kashmir and people who stay in ready listing and anybody who cancels his utility, desire shall be given to J&Okay residents within the ready listing.
“We are actually solely behind Pakistan and Indonesia. Nonetheless we’ve got requested the Saudi authorities to boost the quota to 2 lakh yearly from subsequent yr,” she stated. The settlement was supervised by Union Minister Smriti Irani and MoS International Ministry V Murlidharan.
She stated that as is already recognized that final yr a big initiative was taken ladies with out “Mehram” may also carry out Hajj and this yr they’ve already obtained 6000 functions from ladies who want to carry out Hajj with out “Mehram”.
“We imagine that this yr the quantity shall be even greater than final. And through our go to we’ve got ensured that these wishing to embark on this Holy pilgrimage don’t face any difficulties when it comes to amenities and different issues,” she stated.
Nirupama stated that the amenities for Hajj pilgrims had been overseen by Union Minister herself and he or she had an in depth dialogue with Saudi authorities for offering higher amenities to Hajj pilgrims from India.
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