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New Haj Policy

New Haj Policy:

The ministry of Minority Affairs has announced a new Haj policy under which the application forms have been made available for free and the package cost per pilgrim has been reduced by Rs 50,000.

  • The reduction of Rs 50,000 comes primarily in the form of relaxation of norms for foreign currency ,earlier a Haj pilgrim had to submit the equivalent of 2,100 Saudi Riyal, amounting to approximately Rs 44,000, that was submitted to the Haj Committee for foreign exchange.
  • The Hajj is a religious pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is mandatory for all able-bodied Muslims who can afford it.
  • It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is considered a central part of Muslim religious life.
  • Ministry of Minority Affairs is the nodal ministry to conduct Haj pilgrimage in India.
  • Haj pilgrimage for the Indian Pilgrims is conducted either through Haj Committee of India (HCoI), which is a statutory organization under the administrative control of Ministry of Minority Affairs or through the Haj Group Organisers (HGOs) dully approved by Ministry.
  • Also, the Hajj pilgrimage is promoted by various religious organizations, Islamic cultural centers, and other government agencies.
  • India signed the Haj 2023 bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia.
  • According to the agreement, a total of 1,75,025 Indian Haj pilgrims will be able to perform Haj, reportedly the highest in history.