India’s Haj quota fixed at 136,020 this year too

hajjThe Haj quota for India for 2015 has been fixed at 136,020 pilgrims following the conclusion of the annual Haj agreement between India and Saudi Arabia.

The agreement was signed by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh and Saudi Minister for Haj Bandar Hajjar in Jeddah.

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Singh met Bandar Hajjar and discussed issues pertaining to arrangements for the Haj 2015, Arab News reported.

Of the pilgrim quota fixed for India, 100,020 pilgrims will come through Haj Committee of India (HCI) and the remaining 36,000 through private tour operators.

During the meeting with the minister, Singh expressed deep condolences on the demise of King Abdullah.

Haj this year is expected to fall between September 21 and 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia is making preparations to host 2.5 million Muslims world wide as is the custom every year.

Last year too, 136,020 pilgrims visited from India and about 300 buildings in Mecca and 100 buildings in Madina and 28 make-shift camps in Mina, were reserved by the Indian Consulate in Jeddah.


(With inputs from IANS)

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