Annual Haj quota for Indians increased from 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh
New Delhi, Haj Quota – Central government is constantly working for making life of its people easier day by day. In this regard, it has signed an agreement with official of Saudi Arabia. As per the contract signed between Mukhtar Abbas (Minister of state for Minority affairs) and Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten (along with Arabia’s haj), now 1.70 lakhs people from India can visit to this pilgrimage each year. It will be effective from current year 2017.
In year 2012, Saudi Arabia has reduced the pilgrimage count by 20% for all foreigners. Keeping in mind security concerns. This move will be welcome message for all the pilgrims who wait to visit mecca atleast once in their life time.
Almost 15 million Muslims visit Mecca each year. Most of this visits are made during the days of hajj. The city Mecca is around 70 kms away from Jeddah. It said that this place is the birthplace of Muhammad. With increase in 34,500 pilgrims, this will help more people from India to visit this holy place.
After the agreement was signed, Mukhtar Abbas showed his pleasure and happiness about its outcome. He said that “On behalf of the people and Government of India, we also extend gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.”
In April 2016, when Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Saudi Arabia, he had also signed labour cooperative agreement. This agreement was aimed to benefit the Indian emigrant workers. Most of these workers are unskilled and skilled categories who work there without respect of caste, religion or gender.