The increase in India’s
annual Haj quota by Saudi Arabia Government has benefitted all the
states as quota of these states for Haj 2017 has also been increased
significantly. Haj quota of the states was released on 9th March, 2017
and process for selection of pilgrims through draw of lots will start
from 14th March.
Saudi Arabia has increased annual Haj quota of India by 34,005. The
decision in this regard had been taken during signing of bilateral
annual Haj agreement between India and Saudi Arabia by Union Minister of
State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
and Haj and Umrah Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Excellency Dr
Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah on 11th January 2017. It is
the biggest increase in the quota of Haj pilgrims from India after
About 99,903 people went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Haj from 21
embarkation points across India through Haj Committee of India during
Haj 2016. Apart from this, about 36,000 Haj pilgrims had proceeded for
Haj through the private tour operators.
For Haj 2017, a total of 1,70,025 people will go to Haj pilgrimage from
India out of which 1,25,025 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of
India while 45,000 people will go through Private Tour Operators.
All the states have been benefitted by this increase in the Haj quota.
Haj quota for Gujarat, which was 7044 in 2016, has been increased to
10,877 for Haj 2017. Uttar Pradesh’s quota has been increased to 29,017
from 21,828; Haryana’s quota is now 1343 from 1011 last year; Jammu and
Kashmir’s quota has been increased to 7960 from 6359; Karnataka’s quota
has been increased to 5951 from 4477 last year.
A total of 9780 pilgrims will go to Haj from Maharashtra in comparison
of 7357 last year. While Tamil Nadu’s quota has been increased from 2399
to 3189; for West Bengal from 8905 to 9940; Telangana from 2532 to 3367;
Rajasthan from 3525 to 4686. Madhya Pradesh’s Haj quota has been
increased from 2708 to 3599; Delhi’s from 1224 to 1628; Andhra Pradesh’s
from 2052 to 2728 while Jharkhand’s quota has been increased from 2719
A total of 4,48,268 applications were received for Haj 2017. Maximum
applications have been received from Kerala (95,236) followed by
Maharashtra (57,246); Gujarat (57,225); Uttar Pradesh (51,375); Jammu
and Kashmir (35,217); Madhya Pradesh (24,875); Karnataka (23,514) and
Shri Naqvi’s efforts to make the Haj process digital have achieved huge
success. A total of 1,29,196 applications were done online. The highest
number of online applications were received from Kerala (34,783)
followed by Maharashtra (24,627); Uttar Pradesh (10,215); Gujarat
(10,071); Jammu and Kashmir (8227), Rajasthan (8091).
It is for the first time that Haj application process was made digital.
Haj Committee of India Mobile App was launched on 2nd January 2017. The
Central Government had encouraged online applications for Haj 2017 so
that people can get an opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete
transparency and comfort. In December, a new website of Haj had also
Ministry of Minority Affairs and Haj Committee of India had started
preparations for Haj 2017 very early to ensure that the next Haj is
completely smooth and convenient for the pilgrims. The states have been
allotted Haj quota as per their population according to Census 2011 with