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The Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with the Haj Minister of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at the signing ceremony of bilateral Haj agreement between India-Saudi Arabia, at Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) on January 11, 2017.(PIB Photo)
The Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with the Haj Minister of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at the signing ceremony of bilateral Haj agreement between India-Saudi Arabia, at Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) on January 11, 2017.(PIB Photo)

Haj Committee Formed to Review India’s HAJ Policy

Indian Ministry of Minority Affairs has constituted a Committee on January 31, 2017 under a retired IAS officer Afzal Amanullah to review the Haj Policy 2013-17 and to suggest framework for Haj Policy for five years from 2018 to 2022.

This Committee comprises of Mr. Amanullah, former Secretary to Government of India and former Consul General, Consulate General of India, Jeddah, Justice S.S. Parkar, Retired Judge of Bombay High Court, Mr. Qaiser Shamim, IRS (Retd), former Chairman, Haj Committee of India, Mr. Kamal Faruqui, Chartered Accountant & Muslim Scholar, Mr. Michael Mascarenhas, former CMD, Air India and Mr. J. Alam, Joint Secretary, in-charge of Haj, Ministry of Minority Affairs.

The main issues to be examined by the Haj Committee will include review the existing Haj policy pertaining to HCoI and PTOs, examine implications of various directions of the Supreme Court to reduce Haj subsidy by 2022, review arrangements made by HCoI for Haj pilgrims’ accommodation and air travel including issues related with Haj subsidy.

The committee will also examine coordination in the functioning of Haj Committee of India and CGI, examine transparency, consumer satisfaction and disclosure requirements for PTOs to protect interest of the Haj Pilgrims.

The Committe will suggest measure for ensuring fair competition among PTOs and enhanced value for services and suggest the framework for new Haj policy for HCoI and PTOs.

The Committee has been given three months to submit its report, said Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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