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First batch of Haj pilgrims leaves for Saudi Arabia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The first batch of Haj pilgrims was today flagged off by Abbas Naqvi, who said the preparations for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage have been completed.

The first batch of 410 Haj pilgrims from left for Madina from the this morning.

A total of 1,28,702 pilgrims will be facilitated by the government across through the this year.

Over 1,200 Haj pilgrims are leaving for in three flights today.

Besides Delhi, 450 pilgrims from Gaya, 269 from Guwahati, 900 from and 1,020 pilgrims from are also leaving for today for Haj.

said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in cooperation with the Haj Consulate, of and other concerned agencies, had completed preparations for Haj 2018 well before time to ensure a smooth pilgrimage.

Noting that Haj 2018 is being organised according to the new Haj Policy, the said it had made the entire Haj process transparent and ensured better facilities for the pilgrims.

said despite the removal of the and various new taxes imposed in Saudi Arabia, there was no additional financial burden on the pilgrims.

He also said that Rs 57 crore less will be paid to airlines this year as compared to 2017 for Haj pilgrims travelling through the of

said that it was the first time after Independence, that 1,75,025 Muslims from India were going for Haj this year.

He said more than 47 per cent females are going for Haj this year and for the first time 1,308 Muslim women, travelling without 'Mehram' or male companion, were among them.

Revenue and Transport Kailash Gehlot, Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, and MLA and Ameizing Luikham, were also present at the airport.

On July 17 pilgrims from Kolkata, on July 20 pilgrims from Varanasi, on July 21 pilgrims from Mangalore, on July 26 pilgrims from and on July 29 pilgrims from Aurangabad, Chennai, and Nagpur, will embark for Haj.

On July 30, pilgrims from Ranchi, on August 1 pilgrims from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin, and Jaipur, and on August 3, pilgrims from Bhopal, will embark for Haj.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 12:45 IST