136,000 Indian to visit Mecca for Haj

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Jeddah: With the Haj quota remaining the same for the country, over 136,000 Indians will be going for the Haj in 2015 due to the expansion work going on at the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

Indian Haj Delegation led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Gen. (Retd) V K Singh met Saudi Arabia’s Haj Minister Bandar Al Hajjar in Jeddah and an agreement was singned in this regard.

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According to the Indian Consulate at Jeddah, India’s Haj quota for 2015 would be 136,020 out of which 100,020 pilgrims would come through the Haj Committee and 36,000 will come through private tour operators.

The Saudi Minister was requested to increase India’s quota for the annual pilgrimage but authorities have decided to freeze the quota for all the nations due to the ongoing expansion at the grand mosque.

The Indian delegation included Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hamid Ali Rao, Chairman of Central Haj Committee of India Qaiser Shamim, Indian Consul General Mubarak, Joint Secretary (Haj) in Ministry of External Affairs Ajit Gupta among other officials.

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