Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi said that Hajj 2021 is expected from the months of June-July next year but the final decision will be put through the national and international COVID-19 concords.
Negotiate the high-level of meeting to decide the key factors for Hajj 2021. “A decision on Haj 2021 will be taken after the Saudi Arabian government’s final call on the pilgrimage and the national as well as international Covid-19 guidelines will have to be kept in mind to ensure the well-being of the pilgrims, “Naqvi said.
He also said the final decision regarding Haj 2021 will be taken in due course, keeping in view the necessary recommendation to be issued by the governments of Saudi Arabia and India in view of the covid-19 pandemic to secure the health and well-being of the people.
Naqvi said,” The entire Haj process might witness a significant change in view of the guidelines, including those related to the accommodation, transport, health and other facilities both in India and Saudi Arabia.”
The Indian agencies will secure the necessary arrangements in this regard and the government, as well as the Haj committee, they have started the preparations to ensure Good health and well-being of the pilgrims, the Minister said.
Due to a 100-per cent digitization of the Haj process in India, Rs.2,100 crore have been returned through the direct bank transfer (DBT) mode, without any deduction, to 1,23,000 people after the cancellation of Haj 2020 due to the pandemic, Naqvi said.
The Saudi Arabian government has also returned about Rs.100 crore for transportation, he added.