Kondotty: As many as 1,900 applicants are likely to miss their Hajj pilgrimage from Kerala this year due to the age bar of 65 years. A total of 12,810 people have applied to the State Hajj Committee for their pilgrimage. Additionally, the application was sought from those above 70 years of age without a lucky draw like in previous years.
Applicants who turn 65 before April 30 are excluded by the Saudi ministry. The co-pilgrims who apply together with the elderly will also be rejected. The restriction applies also to the group of women pilgrims without Mahram (male companion). However, the eligible applicants can re-apply online within April 22.
771 pilgrims applied about the age of 70 along with their aids. Those aids who are below the age of 65 can file a new application in the common category. The Hajj committee has taken initiative to inform the pilgrims of these developments.
The state Hajj committee has already accepted the applications for this year's pilgrimage and was waiting for the guidelines of the Saudi government.
The Saudi government has approved permission for 10 lakh pilgrims this year for the holiest pilgrimage of Islam.