Mobile App On Haj Pilgrimage Launched

The Indian government Monday launched a mobile app on Haj which would help people of India seeking to visit the holy place by providing detailed information on how to apply, news, e-payments and relevant ministry and related support system.

The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched Haj Committee of India Mobile App at Haj House in Mumbai today.

“It is for the first time that Haj application process is going to be digital. This mobile app will available on Google Playstore from today (2nd January 2017). Next Haj has already been announced and application will be accepted from today,” said the minister.

The app gives detail information regarding Ministry of Minority Affairs, Haj Department, pilgrimage, rules and regulations, Haj Committee of India and private tour operators. The website also has “Do’s and Don’ts” during the pilgrimage and also a film informing about various aspects of the pilgrimage.

The last date for submitting applications is 24th January.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has joined digital India campaign in a big way, he added. Several processes have been made in this regard. The Centre has been encouraging online applications to ensure fair opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete transparency and comfort.

Applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are main features of this mobile app. People can apply for the pilgrimage directly from the app and five adults and two infants can apply together as a group. A PDF copy of the form will go to applicant’s email. After affixing the photo, the printout with documents is to be sent to the state haj committees. Registration fees can also be made through this app.

He said that the Central Government and Haj Committee of India have already started preparations to ensure that the next pilgrimage is completely smooth and convenient for the pilgrims.

The minister also said that several important suggestions have been received on the pilgrimage. The minority affairs ministry has had discussions with officials of Civil Aviation Ministry to ensure aircrafts with modern facilities for the pilgrims.

During 2016, about 45,843 people had applied for Haj online which was about 11 per cent of total applications received from across the nation. The minister said efforts are on to make the process of online application simple and easy so that more and more people can apply online for next pilgrimage. Maharashtra topped in online applications for 2016 with a total of 10,960 people applying online followed by Kerala with 9257 online applications and Uttar Pradesh with 5407; 2983 from Telangana; 2426 from Jammu and Kashmir and 2425 online applications had been received from Gujarat.

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