GOI To Announce Haj 2019 Process Soon

NEW DELHI — The process for next year’s Haj will be announced in the next few days as preparations for the 2019 pilgrimage have already started, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Wednesday.

He made the remarks after a Haj review meeting in which several senior officials from Minority Affairs Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, Civil Aviation Ministry, Health Ministry and Haj Committee of India and Indian Embassy and Consulate in Saudi Arabia, took part.

It is for the first time that preparations for next year’s Haj have started immediately after completion of the current year’s Haj process, a statement from Naqvi’s office said.

Haj 2019 will be announced in October, it said.

It was observed in the meeting that Haj 2018 was pro-pilgrims even after the removal of Haj subsidy, the statement said.

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