Haj camp in Mangalore from October 24

About 700 pilgrims to take off from Bajpe in 6 days

Speaking to the media persons here on Friday, Committee member M Salim Ambagilu informed that Mangalore has been chosen as the second emigration centre besides Bangalore and as many as 700 pilgrims will board the flight from Bajpe airport this year. About 112 pilgrims will be taking off every day during the six-day camp. They will be immediately taken to Calicut from where they could catch a flight to Jeddah. There, guides named Khadi-Mul-Hajaz will be appointed to take care of each group of 300 to 400 pilgrims, he informed.

The camp in Mangalore will be attended by various religious and political leaders. Meanwhile, an informal training workshop will be held for the pilgrims on October 20 at Mangalore Town Hall.

Salim informed that the State had received as many as 23,000 applications for the pilgrimage package, of which about 6,000 were chosen through online lottery. The government has spent Rs 1.16 lakh on each pilgrim. Besides, the  Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 2.5 crore for the construction of Haj Ghar in Bangalore while an additional Rs 5 crore has been earmarked for Haj Bhavan. A request will be forwarded to the State government to allot fund for Haj Bhavan in Mangalore as well, he informed.
Committee General Secretary Arif Kallotte, Member Hussain Zakafi Yemmekadu, K A Abdul Rehman Musliyar and others were present.

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