The last date for submission of application forms for Haj 2021 has been extended to 10 January, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Thursday, reported Press Trust of India.
According to a statement issued by the minister”s office, the embarkation point-wise estimated cost per pilgrim has also been reduced. Naqvi also said that the Haj is scheduled for June- July 2021, and the entire process is being followed as per the guidelines issued by the governments of Saudi Arabia and India in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today, December 10, was the last date for submission of application forms for Haj 2021, and now it has been extended to January 10, 2021,” the statement said quoting Naqvi after he chaired a meeting of the Haj Committee of India here.
More than 40,000 applications have been gotten so far for Pilgrimage 2021. These incorporate in excess of 500 applications under the classification of ladies (covetous of voyaging) without “Mehram” (male buddy), the assertion said.
For the Pilgrimage 2020, in excess of 2,100 ladies had applied under without “Mehram” classification. These ladies will go for Pilgrimage 2021 as their applications stay substantial, it said.
Plus, new structures are additionally being acknowledged from ladies who need to perform Pilgrimage 2021 without “Mehram”, it said.
All women willing to travel under this category will be exempted from the lottery system, the statement said.
People have been applying online, offline and through the Haj mobile application, it said.
Naqvi said after discussions and feedback received from Saudi Arabia, the embarkation points-wise estimated cost per Haj pilgrim has been reduced.
“The assessed cost per pioneer after decrease is around Rs 3,30,000 for Ahmedabad and Mumbai embarkation focuses, Rs 3,50,000 for Bengaluru, Lucknow, Delhi and Hyderabad, Rs 3,60,000 for Cochin and Srinagar, Rs 3,70,000 for Kolkata and Rs 4 lakh for Guwahati embarkation point,” he said.
Naqvi said the public worldwide convention rules taking into account the pandemic circumstance will be actualized and followed “carefully” during the Pilgrimage 2021.
Courses of action for the yearly journey have been made under uncommon conditions as per exceptional standards, rules, qualification rules, age limitations, wellbeing and wellness necessities and other important states of the Saudi Arabia government in the midst of the pandemic, the priest said.
There may be changes in the age criteria for performing Haj due to the pandemic. Each pilgrim will have to undergo COVID-19 test 72 hours before the journey as per the prevailing international air travel protocol,” he said.
Pilgrims will have to submit their test certificates issued by an approved laboratory with a negative result before travelling to Saudi Arabia, he added.
Naqvi further said considering the pandemic situation and feedback received from Air India and other agencies, the embarkation points for Haj 2021 have been reduced to 10.
Earlier, there were 21 Haj embarkation points across the country.
For Pilgrimage 2021, the 10 embarkation focuses are: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar.