Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said that the Telangana Government would leave no stone unturned to provide the best facilities to the Haj pilgrims going on Haj this year.
Addressing the first Haj Orientation Training camp held at Hi-Tech Garden Function Hall at Old Malakpet here on Sunday, the Deputy CM said that Chief Minister K. chandrasekhar Rao had instructed to make the best arrangements for Haj pilgrims, as the State Government had sanctioned a budget of Rs. 3 crores for Haj Committee.
He said the journey was hard and Haj was easy to perform in the past. However, now the journey has become easy and Haj had become difficult. He requested the pilgrims to pray for the development of the country, the state and the community.
Malakpet MLA Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala requested the pilgrims to pray for peace, progress and prosperity of the nation, the state and the people. After abolition of Haj subsidy, he proposed to call tenders from airlines and hoped that in such situation the pilgrims would get more benefit than the subsidy which was extended till last year.
Telangana State Haj Committee Chairman Mohammed Masiullah Khan, who presided over the meeting, said that this year better arrangements would be made for the Haj Camp for departure of Haj pilgrims. He said that the Haj committee would do more than what the Chief Minister had expected.
TSHC Executive Officer Prof. S. A. Shukoor welcomed the gathering and he said that the pilgrims should exhibit patience and resilience during Haj.
He said that the Telangana State Haj Committee had been making the best arrangements for the Haj pilgrims in the country. He informed that this year out of a total Haj Quota of 125,000 for the country, Telangana was allotted a quota of 4,066.
Moulana Abdul Rasheed Talha Nomani, Moulana Abbas Zaki and others highlighted the rituals and their significance. Members of the Haj Committee Mohammed Arifuddin, Abu Talha Mohammed Amjad Ali, Dr. Aqeel Hashmi, M.A. Shafee and Janab Abdul Khader and Dr. Aqeel Hashmi and other dignitaries were also present.
A large number of lady pilgrims also attended the training camp as separate arrangements were made for them. (INN)