Draw of lots to select pilgrims of Haj 2020 held

Hyderabad: Telangana State Haj Committee’s Executive Officer B. Shafiullah on Saturday informed stated that

Special Chief Secretary (Minorities Welfare) Ajay Misra inaugurated the computerized Qurrah (draw of lots) for intending Haj – 2020 pilgrims at Haj House, Nampally here on Saturday.

Telangana State Haj Committee chairman Md. Masiullah Khan, Minorities Commission Chairman Md. Qamaruddin, Wakf Board chairman Md Saleem, TSHC Executive Officer B. Shafiullah and others were also present.

A quota of about 4,341 pilgrims was allotted to Telangana State for which a total of 10,752 online applications were received. A total of 464 applications were received under the senior citizens category (above 70 years of age), and 8 aspirants are women without Mehram category while another 23 applications were for infants. The computerised draw system was broadcast live on large screens within the Haj House premises.

Shafiullah, who presided over the program, welcomed the dignitaries and gave a brief note about the process of the Haj Camp. He said that the Telangana State Haj Committee has been making the best arrangements for Haj pilgrims and would continue to do so.

He further said that the selected pilgrims can remit Rs. 81,000/- on or before 1″ February -2020 and Rs. 1,20,000/- on or before 15th March -2020 as balance amount and submit the, online forms along with Original Passport to Telangana State Haj Committee.

These amounts are common to all categories. The remittance can be made by pilgrims through State Bank of India or Union Bank of India, online service i.e. www.hajcommittee.gov.in.

The Haj Training programmes will be start in the month of February onwards.

He requested the Haj applicants not to fall into the trap of middlemen. “No agents can have any say in this matter, since the whole system has been computerised for random selection, and personal influence cannot work,” he added.

The intending Haj pilgrims also can check their cover status from official Haj Committee website www.hajcommittee.gov.in and the SMS will also be sent to Haj pilgrims registered contacts. For further Haj related information, the intending Haj pilgrims can contact in person at Haj House or call 040-23298793. (INN)

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