Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday approved special identification jackets for Jammu and Kashmir Aazmeen-e-Haj (Haj aspirants) this year to enable them recognize each other and maintain link with the Khudam-ul-Hujaj for any required assistance. The Haj pilgrims will be provided these jackets this year so that they could use these during the Haj period to recognize the fellow Hajis and Khudam. “Preferably J&K Haj Committee Logo should be printed on these jackets”, Omar Abdullah told the Hajj Committee.
The Chief Minister while chairing the J&K State Haj Committee meeting here also approved grants to the tune of about Rs.50 lakh for providing free vaccination to the Aazmeen-e-Haj-2014. He directed for sensitizing the Health Department to ensure vaccination of all Aazmeen-e-Haj well in time.
Omar who is also the chairman of J&K State Haj Committee directed for utilizing the residential block of Bemina Haj House for hosting social functions like marriage ceremonies on pre-determined rent during the lean period to help generate financial resource for maintenance and up keep of the Haj House and related services.
“After the Haj period is over, the huge accommodation of residential block remains idle and this can be put to use by hosting social functions like marriage ceremonies generating finance to meet the expenses on upgrading and maintaining the facilities for Haj pilgrims”, he said asking the Haj Committee to take necessary measures in this direction as early as possible.
The Chief Minister while expressing satisfaction over the arrangements made by the Haj Committee for 2013 Haj, expressed the hope that the Committee would put in all efforts to further improve the facilities during the Haj-2014.
The meeting approved the budget of Rs.2.58 crore for the Haj Committee for the year 2014-15 to be incurred on various activities aimed at conducting Haj pilgrimage smoothly and satisfactory.
The meeting was informed that as many as 6925 Aazmeen are likely to perform Haj under the State Haj Quota. It was stated that all arrangements for boarding, lodging, transportation and other related have been finalized and the Committee is fully prepared to perform its duty in this regard.
The meeting reviewed the action taken on the decisions taken by the Haj Committee in its previous meetings as also its performance for conducting Haj pilgrimage during the last year.