Committee on Haj Pilgrimage Policy

Committee on Haj Pilgrimage Policy 

“The Ministry constituted a Committee to review Haj policies of the Government for Haj 2013-17 and to suggest framework for new Haj policies for next five years. The Committee has submitted its report on 07.10.2017. The main recommendations of the Committee are available at Ministry’s website

The recommendations of the Haj Policy Review Committee (HPRC) are wide ranging and relate to Haj policies as well as for improvement in the overall Haj management. As regards recommendations of the Committee on the Haj Policy for Haj Committee of India (HCoI) pilgrims, the same have been examined in the light of suggestions received from various quarters and the new Haj Policy for Haj Committee of India Pilgrims for Haj 2018-22 has been approved and is in force. Salient features of the new policy inter alia include retention of the HCoI Haj quota as before, giving choice of Embarkation Points to Pilgrims, allowing women above 45 years to travel in a group of four provided their Maslak permits and retaining priority in selection of pilgrims of age of 70 years or more.

Similarly, the Policy for Private Tour Operators (PTOs) has been examined taking into consideration suggestions received in this Ministry and the PTO Policy for Haj 2018 has been approved.

Other relevant recommendations relating to improvement in Haj management such as accommodation, air travel facilities and Embarkation Points, etc. have been shared with Consulate General of India in Jeddah, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of External Affairs and Haj Committee of India.”.

Coaching Facility to Minority Community 

“Ministry of Minority Affairs has been implementing a scheme namely “ Free Coaching and Allied Scheme for the candidates/students belonging to minority communities” under which free coaching is provided to students belonging to six notified minority communities through selected coaching institutions/organisations for preparation of qualifying examinations for admission in technical/ professional courses and competitive examinations for recruitment to Group „A‟ , „B‟ and „C‟ services and other equivalent posts under the Central and State governments including public sector undertakings, banks, insurance companies etc. A new residential coaching programme for composite preparation exclusively for civil services aspirants has been added in the scheme w.e.f. 07.12.2017.

In addition to the above, this Ministry is also implementing a scheme namely “ Nai Udaan” under which financial support is provided to the candidates of notified minority community who have cleared preliminary examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission, State Public Service Commissions and Staff Selection Commission for preparation of main examinations.

The number of minority students who have been finally selected in Civil Service Exams during last three years i.e. 2014, 2015 and 2016 are 123, 118, 112 respectively.

Under the scheme, a total of 158 organizations/institutions were empanelled for implementation of the scheme during Financial years 2013-14 to 2016-17. Process for inviting applications for fresh empanelment of coaching institutions/organizations for the remaining period of 14th Finance commission i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20 has been initiated and advertisement has already been published by the Ministry”.

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