Diversity and plurality are a defining characteristic of Indian society. Indian peoples practice various religions with variety of rituals including pilgrimages. Haj is such a pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims, which involves international travel, as do others like Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Yatra Shri Nankana Sahib. Haj is a five daylong religious congregation that takes place in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The work pertaining to Haj management has been transferred from Ministry of External Affairs to Ministry of Minority Affairs with effect from 1st October 2016. The Haj Committee of India (HCOI) established under the Haj Committee Act, 2002 and functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Minority Affairs makes the arrangements in India. The Consulate General of India (CGI), Jeddah, coordinates the arrangements for the HCOI pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
The number of pilgrims who can perform Haj, is determined every year bilaterally, by the Governments of India and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The quota of pilgrims is divided between Haj Committee of India (HCOI) and Private Tour Operators (PTOs). For last few years, the quota of pilgrims going through HCOI and PTOs has been 1,00,000 and 36,000 respectively.
Muslim Citizens of India, willing to go for Haj Pilgrimage through HCOI, may like to contact either their respective State Haj Committees (SHCs) or HCOI. They may also get all relevant information from HCOI website http://hajcommittee.gov.in/.
Hon'ble Minister of State
Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi