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Saudi Arabia increases India's Haj quota by 5,000: Naqvi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has increased India's Haj quota by 5,000, the second hike in two years, taking the number of pilgrims who can perform Haj from the country to 1,75,025 lakh, Abbas said today.

claimed that the increase over the past two years - of nearly 40,000 - is a "record expansion" since Independence.

The increase in India's quota will be effective from Haj to be held later this year. last year increased India's quota by 35,000. In 2017, the Haj quota was 1,70,025.

The attributed the increase to Modi's "growing popularity" and India's improved ties with and other Arab nations under his leadership.

"It is a record expansion after Independence. The Modi has been fulfilling the socio-economic, religious needs with honesty, without appeasement politics," told

In a statement, he added: "Three years ago, during the regime, India's Haj quota was about 1,36,020, which has been increased to record 1,75,025 in the past two years."


He also thanked the of the two holy mosques, Saudi Arabia's and the Saudi for the increase in India's quota.

The Gulf country has expanded India's quota after Naqvi signed a bilateral annual Haj agreement between and Saudi Arabia with the Haj and of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at

Saudi Arabia has also given the green signal for India's decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route, Naqvi reiterated. He said officials from both the countries will discuss formalities and technicalities so that Haj pilgrimage through sea route can start in coming years.

He said about 3.55 lakh people have applied for Haj this year, adding that for the first time Muslim women from will go to Haj without 'Mehram' (male companion).

More than 1,300 women have applied to go for Haj without 'Mehram' and they will be exempted from lottery system and allowed to proceed for Haj.

Women above 45 years of age, who wish to go for Haj but who don't have a male companion, are allowed to travel for Haj in groups of four or more, according to the new Haj policy of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 15:15 IST
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