Hello Mumbai City Desk :
Mumbai, 1st Nov, 2021: Online application process for Haj 2022 starts today 1st November with Union Minister for Minority Affairs and Deputy Leader, Rajya Sabha, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced Haj 2022 with significant reforms and enhanced facilities.While announcing Haj 2022 at Haj House, Mumbai today, Shri Naqvi said that the entire Haj process
will be 100 percent digital/online. The last date of applying for Haj 2022 is 31st January, 2022. The people can
apply for Haj, online and also through “Haj Mobile App” equipped with modern facilities.
Mr.Naqvi said that this time, Indian Haj pilgrims will also promote “Vocal for Local” and Haj pilgrims will go to Haj with indigenous products. Earlier, Haj pilgrims used to buy bed sheets-pillows-towels, umbrellas and other items in Saudi Arabia in foreign currency. This time, most of these indigenous goods will be bought
in India in Indian currency. While these goods will be available in India at about 50 percent lower prices in comparison to Saudi Arabia, it will also encourage “Swadeshi” and “Vocal for Local”. All these items will be given to Haj pilgrims at their respective embarkation points in India.
Shri Naqvi said that for decades, Haj pilgrims used to buy all these items in Saudi Arabia in foreign currency. Interestingly, most of these items were “Made in India”, which various companies used to buy from India and sell to Haj pilgrims at double or even triple price in Saudi Arabia.
Mr i Naqvi said that according to an estimate, this arrangement will save crores of rupees to Indian Haj pilgrims. India sends 2 lakh Haj pilgrims every year.
Mr. Naqvi said that selection process of Haj pilgrims will be done according to complete vaccination with both the doses and guidelines and criteria to be decided by Indian and Saudi Arabia Governments,
keeping in view Corona protocols during the time of Haj 2022. The entire Haj 2022 process has been made more simple, accessible and transparent.
Shri Naqvi said that the entire Haj 2022 process has been chalked out after deliberations among Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Haj Committee of India, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and India’s Consul General in Jeddah and other agencies keeping in view all aspects of the pandemic challenges.
Shri Naqvi said that “Haj Mobile App” has been upgraded with the tagline “Haj App In Your Hand”.
The app contains several new features which include frequently asked questions, information to fill up the
application form, videos giving information to applicants to fill up the form in a very simple manner.
Mr. Naqvi said that embarkation points for Haj 2022 have been reduced from 21 to 10. For Haj 2022,
the 10 embarkation points are- Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata,
Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar.
Ahmedabad embarkation point will cover entire Gujarat. Bengaluru embarkation point will cover entire Karnataka and Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Cochin embarkation point will cover Kerala,
Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar.
Delhi embarkation point will cover Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh,Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, western districts of Uttar Pradesh. Guwahati embarkation point will cover Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland. Hyderabad embarkation point will cover Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Kolkata embarkation point will cover West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Jharkhand
and Bihar. Lucknow embarkation point will cover all parts of Uttar Pradesh except western parts; Mumbai embarkation point will cover Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Srinagar embarkation point will cover Jammu-Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh-Kargil.Shri Naqvi said that Digital Health Card, “E-MASIHA” health facility and “E-luggage pre-tagging”, providing all information regarding accommodation/transportation in Makkah-Madinah, will be provided to all the Haj pilgrims. Arrangements for special training for Haj 2022 regarding Corona protocols and Health and Hygiene have been made in India and Saudi Arabia for the Haj pilgrims.
Shri Naqvi said that more than 3000 women had applied for Haj 2020 and 2021 under without “Mehram” (male companion) category. Their applications will be eligible for Haj 2022 also if they want to go
to perform Haj 2022. Other women can also apply for Haj 2022 under without “Mehram” category. All the women under without “Mehram” category will be exempted from the lottery system.
Union Minority Affairs Ministry’s Joint Secretary Smt. Nigar Fatima; Royal Vice Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Mumbai, H.E. Mohammad Abdul Karim Al-Enazi; Haj Committee of India CEO Mohammad Yako Shekha and other senior officials were present on the occasion.