The state Haj committee has acquired 1,100 purposes since November 10 from individuals dwelling in several districts of the state expressing curiosity to go on a Haj pilgrimage in 2021, he mentioned.
“The state of affairs is grim and travelling is kind of a difficult factor amid this COVID-19 pandemic. This time we are going to solely be allowed solely 3,500 to 4,000 pilgrims to go on Haj in 2021. The price of particular person pilgrims may also be elevated owing to the COVID-19 security protocols,” the member of the state committee advised .
From Bengal, within the pre-COVID-19 time at the very least 9,000 pilgrims used to go on the Haj pilgrimage yearly, he mentioned.
“However as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs, the Haj Committee of India has determined to permit solely one-fourth of the overall quantity who’re allowed to take the Haj pilgrimage,” he added.
The member mentioned that there will probably be no limitations of accepting the variety of purposes in search of to go on Haj pilgrimage, however the last resolution will probably be taken by the state committee solely after a correct screening of their well being.
“Correct medical screening will probably be carried out to examine whether or not these persons are having severe health-related points or not. Any individual having any severe medical situation won’t be allowed to journey this time,” the member mentioned.
In reality, it might be for the primary time that the state Haj committee, after screening the purposes, will go for the lottery system to pick out the pilgrims, he mentioned.
“This 12 months we’re not accepting any utility payment. Solely after screening the candidates’ medical well being, we are going to select them by lottery. After that we’ll settle for Rs 1.5 lakh upfront and the requisite paperwork like passport, Aadhaar card from chosen individuals to provoke the method of their journey,” the member elaborated.
Until November 17, the committee has acquired 1,100 purposes principally from Murshidabad district apart from, Malda, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Uttar Dinajpur and Kolkata.
The purposes will probably be accepted until December 10 and the lottery will probably be performed in January, the member added.
On the rationale behind the rise in the price of journey for a person to take the Haj pilgrimage, he mentioned that earlier six individuals used keep in a single room however resulting from COVID-19 pandemic solely three will probably be allowed.
“The price of dwelling there in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca is kind of excessive and now solely three individuals will probably be allowed to remain in a single room the place earlier we used to accommodate six. So the prices are rising by leaps and bounds,” he mentioned.
Folks earlier used to spend round Rs 2.65 lakh to go on Haj pilgrimage, will now be required to cough up Rs 1.75 lakh extra, he mentioned.
The Haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, thought of to be probably the most holy metropolis of the Muslims.
The subsequent 12 months’s Haj is prone to happen in mid- July.
The Minority Affairs division had cancelled journey of Muslims to Saudi Arabia for this 12 months’s Haj after the dominion conveyed that pilgrims shouldn’t be despatched this 12 months within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.