The annual Hajj pilgrimage 2022 kick starts in July with flights starting to operate from India as early as June.
Naqvi said the Government of India has ended “political deceit of Hajj subsidy” with transparency and commitment to “Decisions with Delivery” and arrangements have been made so that there is no unnecessary financial burden on the Hajj pilgrims.
He further said that significant reforms have made the process completely transparent with digital India’s “Ease of Doing Hajj” online process for Indian Muslims.
This year, Hajj for pilgrims will commence on the evening of Thursday, July 7, and continue through July 12. The final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhulhijjah is sighted.
The other reforms Naqvi mentioned were abolishing the decades-old Hajj subsidy; removing restriction on women to perform Haj with “Mehram” letting 2000 Muslim women going for Hajj 2022 without a male relative, providing Digital Health Card, “E-MASIHA” health facility, “E-luggage pre-tagging” and giving all information regarding accommodation/transportation in Mecca-Medina to Hajj pilgrims in India itself.
The Union Minister informed that this year 79,237 Indian Muslims will go to Hajj, which include about 50 per cent women. Out of these, 56,601 Indian Muslims will go for Haj 2022 through Hajj Committee of India and 22,636 Muslims will go through Hajj Group Organizers.