Mangalore: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna on Sunday said the UPA government proposed to bring in
reforms with regard to Haj pilgrimage by introducing a
comprehensive policy before the next Haj season.
Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony of 112 Haj pilgrims
from the Haj camp at Bajpe, he said the ministry, while
formulating the policy, would take into consideration the
report submitted by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Rehman Khan on
Haj and also invite suggestions from Muslim leaders.
Through the new integrated policy, the ministry was
attempting to make the system more scientific, transparent and
functionally effective. All steps would be taken to remove
lapses in the existing policy, he said.
He said the ministry had already initiated steps to curb
expliotation of Haj pilgrims by private operators.
Krishna said the UPA government was keen on providing
better hassle-free pilgrimage to those going on Haj. In this
regard, the Foreign and Civil Aviation ministries have held
discussions with authorities in Saudi Arabia on the safety of
Indian Haj pilgrims, he said.