New Delhi. The Central Government abolished the VIP quota for Haj pilgrims on Wednesday. In such a situation, now VIP pilgrims will have to travel like common Haj pilgrims. While giving this information, the sources said that along with the President of India, Prime Minister, Vice President, and Minister of Minority Affairs, the VIP quota was allotted to the Haj Committee.
According to the information received, this VIP quota was implemented in the year 2012, for which 500 seats were fixed. Of these, 100 seats were allotted to the President, 75 to the Vice President, 75 to the Prime Minister, 50 to the Minority Affairs Minister, and 200 to the Haj Committee of India. Of these, except 100 seats in the President’s quota, all other 400 VIT seats have been canceled. In such a situation, these seats can also be allotted to the common people.
The annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels this year after restrictions imposed due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic were eased.
In Islam, it is necessary for all able-bodied Muslims to perform Hajj once in their life. Millions of people from many countries around the world gather in Mecca, the holy city of Islam, on the occasion of the annual Hajj and it is considered one of the largest gatherings of people.
In the year 2019, before the coronavirus epidemic, 24 lakh people participated in the Haj pilgrimage, but due to the lockdown imposed due to the epidemic in 2020, Saudi Arabia limited the number of pilgrims to only 1000.
The move was unprecedented as it was not done even during the flu pandemic of 1918 when millions of people worldwide lost their lives to the disease. Although this year, after the removal of all the Covid, once again millions of people are expected to participate in Haj.