Central Haj Committee buckles up for policy review: More role for private players expected

By Vinoy Mathew

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Malappuram: Central Haj Committee (CHC) has been buckling up to review pilgrimage policy that happens once in every five years. The committee had planned a meeting of Haj Committee chairmen of states in New Delhi last month. However, it was postponed due to time constraints of Smriti Irani, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs. It is learnt that the meeting will be held by the end of this month.

At present, the policy adopted on 2017 October 10 is being followed. CHC chairman AP Abdullakutty hinted that the new policy will be effective before next pilgrimage season.

Some of the major changes expected are:

  • Private players are slated to get more share than present limit of 30 per cent of the quota
  • Specially allocated seats for CHC (300), President of India (100), VP (75), PM (75), Union Minister for Minority Affairs (50) will be moved to the common quota. Last season, seats for Prime Minister were given to the common quota.
  • Allowing a cook with groups to reduce Haj Committie’s allocation (collected from applicants) for food expenses

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