09 August, New Delhi
Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Saturday said that the new Haj policy-2018 will be unveiled this month. During a review meeting on Haj 2017 in Mumbai, Naqvi said, from the next year, Haj will be organised as per new policy.
According to an official release, the Minister said, the new Haj policy is aimed at making Haj process more transparent and smooth. Naqvi said, providing best facilities to Haj pilgrims is at centre of this new Haj policy. He said, a high-level committee constituted to frame the new Haj policy is in final stage and it will be unveiled this month.
The Minister said that reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route is also one of the important part of the new policy. He said, sending pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares and will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision.
The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995. Naqvi said, discussion is going on with Saudi Arabia Government on reviving Haj pilgrimage through sea route also.