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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Government increases Haj quota to 100,000

Thursday August 11, 10:57 PM
By Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) The government Thursday announced that 100,000 pilgrims would be allowed to go for the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year.

'Last year up to 82,000 pilgrims were permitted to go for Haj. This year the number has been raised to 100,000,' Information and Broadcasting Minister told reporters after a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Reddy said: 'We have been following the norm of raising the number of pilgrims being sent for Haj from India every year.'

He pointed out that 72,000 pilgrims were allowed to go for Haj in 2003 while 82,000 were allowed last year.

There would be a corresponding level of subsidy and air travel facility provided for pilgrims, he said.

'The preference for subsidy will be given to non-income tax payees and the level of subsidy will depend on the availability of seats on different airlines,' Reddy said.

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