Central Hajj Committee chairman AP Abdullakutty / Photo: Latheesh Poovathur
Kozhikode: The chairman of central Haj Committee, AP Abdullakutty, assured proactive interventions to the proposals pertaining to Hajj pilgrimage, raised by leaders of Muslim community. He made the assurances during the conference convened here to deliberate over reforms to the pilgrimage.
Most of the leaders who took part in the conference raised the demand for an embarkation point at Karipur airport. They pointed out that most haj pilgrims are from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts and establishing embarkation point here would be beneficial for them.
Reacting to that, Abdullakutty said that he will work in his capacity to make it happen.
He also shared some plans that are in the consideration of the committee.
There is a plan to include a cleric in the panel which selects government volunteers for the pilgrimage.
The committee wants to address the accommodation-related woes of couples, he said.
The organisations have raised demands like revoking upper age criteria for pilgrimage, ensuring faith-related knowledge among government volunteers, curbing fleecing of the private operators and giving priority to aspirants who have been applying for five years, but are not getting a lot.