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Govt to unveil new Haj policy this month: Naqvi

| | Mumbai | in Sunday Pioneer

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on said in Mumbai on Saturday that the Haj Policy-2018 — aimed at making the piligrimage process “transparent” and “smooth” — would be unveiled later this month.

Speaking at the 22nd annual Haj orientation camp organised for Haj pilgrims at Haj House in Mumbai, Naqvi said that from the next year, the Haj would be organised as per to the new policy.

“A high-level committee constituted to frame the new Haj policy is in final stage of shaping the policy and it will be unveiled later this month. The new Haj policy is aimed at making Haj process more transparent and smooth. Providing best facilities to Haj pilgrims is at centre of this new Haj policy,” the minister said.

Naqvi, who reviewed the ongoing Haj 2017 at the meeting, said that reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route was one of the important part of the new Haj policy. “Sending pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares. It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision,” he said.

The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995.

Naqvi said that another advantage with ships available these days was they were modern and well-equipped to ferry 4,000 to 5,000 people at a time. They can cover the 2,300-odd nautical miles one-side distance between Mumbai and Jeddah within two-three days.

 
 
 
 
 

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