10 Private Operators Given 712 Haj Seats, al-Khuddam Status Up

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SRINAGAR: In 2019, as many as 712 pilgrims are going to Haj through Private Tour Operators (PTO). The State Haj Committee has issued a letter to the private Umrah and Haj tour operators detailing the sanction of seats they have been allotted for the Haj 2019.

Sheikh Feroz, the owner of Alkhuddam

Jammu and Kashmir has 10 registered PTOs who have been sending Muslims on Haj and Umrah for last many years.

A Haj Committee statement said that the Committee has declared M/S Al Khudam Haj and Umarh Services to be eligible for allotment of Haj seats under Category-I Star, an elevated status for a tour operator.

According to the official communication, Al-Khuddam has been given 150 berths which include a basic quota of 114 and an additional quota of 36 seats. “These 36 seats will go to the pilgrims who will be taken to Haj by us on the costs of the state Haj Committee but the facilities will be ours,” al-Khudam CEO Feroz Ahmad said. “This is a special category that makes us the top and distinct one in the state.”

As many as 106 seats have been given to Universal Travel Corporation and Alhuda Travels. These include 79 seats of basic quota and 27 berths under additional quota. Entire additional quota is to be filled on the rates that are decided by the Haj Committee of India.

As many as seven other PTOs have been given 50 seats each. These include Gazi Tours and Travels, Al Hayat Haj and Umrah Travel Services, Al Gazali Tour and Travels, Rohani Tours and Travels, Labiaka Haj and Umrah Service, BehreenTravels and Sehr Tours and Travels.

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