State may get 1,000 more Haj seats

State may get 1,000 more Haj seats

 
Addressing media persons here on Monday, he said the State at present has only 6,500 seats under Haj quota, and there has been a great demand to increase this.
Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has assured a Congress delegation that met him recently, of granting an additional 1,000 seats to the State, Kandak said.
The Saudi Arabia government has fixed a quota of 1,73,000 persons from India, which was just 13,000 in 1981. The Central government spends a sum of Rs 1.2 lakh to each Haj pilgrim, he said.

He said the government has also assured of starting a direct Haj flight from Mangalore in the current year, for which a committee will soon conduct a study.

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