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BJP MP seeks hike in State Haj quota

BJP MP seeks hike in State Haj quota

Author: Staff Reporter
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: June 15, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/183033/BJP-MP-seeks-hike-in-State-Haj-quota.html

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Member of Parliament from Bhopal Kailash Joshi has demanded immediate increase in the Haj quota of the State.

Joshi, in a letter to Union Foreign Minister SM Krishna, has urged to increase the Haj quota of the State, especially of Bhopal, seeing the increasing number of Haj aspirants in the State and city.

Joshi in his letter apprised Krishna that Bhopal is a Muslim dominated district and the number of senior citizens here is quiet high that wishes to perform Haj at the earliest.

Joshi told Krishna that the State Haj quota was fixed to 3431 and the number of applications received by the State Haj Committee was 16,704 that makes it very clear that the quota fixed for the State has become irrelevant and an immediate hike should be made in it.

Joshi talking to The Pioneer said, " I am trying to get the quota of State raised but was shocked to know that at the place of increasing the quota, the Central Haj Committee (CHC) has decreased the State quota by 100 and that's why understanding the seriousness of the issue I have written a letter to Union Foreign Minister SM Krishna in this regard. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is keen that a Haj house be build in Bhopal and the Haj aspirants from the State should get a direct Haj flight from Bhopal. Earlier we had met the Civil Aviation Minister in this regard, and he assured us that as soon as the development work of the Bhopal airport completes, Bhopal would get a direct Haj Flight."

Joshi said that the quota of the private Haj operators could be reduced to increase the quota of State as the Haj conducted by these private operators costs heavy to the pilgrims. This would enable to fulfill the lifetime desire of the Haj aspirants to perform Haj at the reduced costs.

He expressed hope that the long pending demand of the Haj aspirants of the State to increase the quota would be met at the earliest.

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