Delhi govt seeks hike in Haj quota allotment from capital

The Delhi government will soon approach the Centre to seek a hike in Haj quota allotment from the city considering the ever increasing number of applicants for the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 19:38 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi government will soon
approach the Centre to seek a hike in Haj quota allotment from
the city considering the ever increasing number of applicants
for the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

A total of 719 pilgrims from the city were today
selected at a function through draw of lots out of 6,889
applicants for this year`s annual Haj.
"We will soon approach the Union Government seeking an
increase in the quota. We will try to ensure that maximum
number of people could avail this auspicious opportunity,"
Delhi Revenue Minister A K Walia said addressing the function.

He also gave an account of various measures initiated by
the city government for welfare of the minorities.

Apart from those selected by draw of lots, 255
applicants, who have been applying for the last three years,
were selected for the annual pilgrimage. Another group of 447
people aged 70 years and above were also selected on ground of
their age.

Walia said a quota of 1,222 pilgrims were allocated to
Delhi State Haj Committee for this year`s Haj whereas an
additional 204 seats were offered by Haj Committee of India
out of surrendered seats by other states.
Five applicants, who could not perform the pilgrimage
last year due to certain technical difficulties despite being
selected, have also been chosen for this year`s Haj.

The Revenue Minister said Delhi State Haj Committee will
provide all possible help to the pilgrims.

Walia congratulated the selected aspirants and wished
them a successful pilgrimage.

Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf was also present on the
occasion. Both the ministers exhorted selected pilgrims the
Hajis to pray for peace, prosperity, unity, brotherhood and
communal harmony in India. A large number of applicants along
with their friends and relatives were also present on this
occasion.

PTI