Haj arrangement reviewed

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SRINAGAR: Minister for Hajj and Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the arrangements put in place by the State Hajj Committee and various state and central government departments for the Haj pilgrims from the state.

The Minister was informed that flights from Srinagar to Madina Munawara will operate from August 16 .The flights will operate directly from Srinagar to Madina Munawara. A total number of 6600 pilgrims are proceeding for Haj this year from the State.

He was also informed that Air India is putting in service planes of greater capacity this year. He directed timely arrangements of boarding and lodging and vaccination of pilgrims.

The meeting was further told that first phase of training of the selected pilgrims has been conducted throughout the State except Leh and Kargil, where it had to be postponed on the advice of district administration and now a team of trainers is being deployed shortly for the purpose. The 2nd phase of training to the pilgrims would be given after the holy month of Ramadan, the meeting was informed.

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