Hyderabad, March 16: The Minister for Minorities Welfare, Mr Mohammed Ahmadullah, will release the first application form for Haj Season-2011, at 11.45 am on March 16, on the ground floor of the Haj House, Nampally here.
Besides chairman Haj committee, Haj committee members and others will also attend the function.
The Commissioner, Information and Public Relations, has said that the filled-in application forms will be accepted till April 30.
A copy of international passport must be attached along with the form. Haj aspirants whose international passport is not ready can immediately apply for the same and submit a copy of the receipt of passport form application.
As per the decision taken by central Haj committee the ‘qurrah’ (lottery) for selecting the Haj pilgrims will be held in the end of May. According to central Haj committee sources, drawing of lots will be held simultaneously for quota and also for waiting list, for the selection of Haj aspirants and those who are selected by lottery will be given an opportunity to perform Haj during Hajj 2011.
The Central Haj committee of India in its meeting held on 22-12-2010 at New Delhi issued some guidelines and instruction for Hajis which is as follows:
1. The Haj Committee of India in its meeting held on 22.12.10 at New Delhi decided that for HAJ-2011 only passports holders will be asked to apply for Haj. All the intending pilgrims are hereby requested to apply for passports immediately and obtain international passports before the formal announcement of HAJ 2011.Only passport holders will be preferred at the time of QURRAH (Draw of lots).
2. The present two form system, one for Qurrah and another for HAJ will be replaced by a single Application Form which will be considered both for Qurrah and HAJ.
3.Each cover head will be asked to give two mobile numbers which shall be kept valid till the end of Haj. This is to enable the HCOI to inform the Haji by SMS the latest developments and the status of his HAJ application.
4. Each Head of Cover will be required to submit a photo copy of a cancelled cheque. This measure enables HCOI to issue refunds faster, if any, to the Haji. The Haji's account will be directly credited instead of sending a cheque.
It is also appealed to all State Haj Committees, concerned Haj Voluntary Organisations to help the intending pilgrims in applying for passports.
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