Hajj 2013: Direct flights from Srinagar to Saudi this year

CM Reviews Arrangements, Announces Rs 50 Lakh For Free Vaccination


Srinagar, July 4: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also Chairman of the State Hajj Committee, Thursday announced Rs 50 lakh grant to the Committee for providing free influenza vaccination to this year’s pilgrims.
 Reviewing the arrangements for Hajj-2013 at a meeting of the reconstituted Hajj Committee here, the Chief Minister said all Hajjis performing Hajj this year should be given free influenza vaccination.
 The State Health Department was directed to make necessary arrangements in this regard. “The Government of India had recommended for vaccinating Hajj aspirants against influenza. The cost of each doze of influenza vaccine is over Rs 600 and it was to be borne by the Hajjis themselves. Now by the announcement of the Chief Minister it will be free of cost to Hajjis,” an official spokesman said.
 Minister for Hajj and Auqaf, Peerzada Muhammad Sayed who is Vice Chairman of the Hajj Committee was also present in the meeting besides Members of the Committee including Legislators Khalid Najeeb Suharwordy, Ali Muhammad Dar, Jehangir Mir, Dr Shehnaz Ganai and Moulana Akhzar Hussain, Advocate Abdul Gani Dar, Haji Nisar Ali, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Bhat, Peerzada Ghulam Jeelani, Feroz Ahmad, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Revenue Vinod Koul and Executive Officer, Hajj Committee, Feroz Ahmad Lone.
 The Chief Minister after observing a PowerPoint presentation made by CEO Hajj Committee Fayaz Ahmad Lone on various aspects of arrangements put in place for smooth conduct of Hajj-2013, underscored the need for ensuring all facilities to the Hajj aspirants.
 “It was stated in the meeting that for the Hajj-2013 State Government has been allotted 8819 seats and no reduction has been made on the allotment due to the persuasion of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at the Central level. In fact this year the State Government received more 71 seats as against the last year’s quota of 8748. Besides this the private operators will have their separate quota,” the spokesman said.
 The meeting was informed that the selection of Hajj aspirants have been conducted by drawing of lots for the 21693 persons who had applied for Hajj-2013. “As many as 1991 Hajj aspirants have been selected under Category A, 2512 under Category B and 4316 under General Category. The Category A is for Hajjis with 70 years and above age and the B Category is for Hajj aspirants applying for 4th time in a row,” the spokesman added.
 The Chief Minister was also briefed about the arrangements made at the Srinagar Hajj House for the stay of Hajjis. It was stated that the Hajj flights starting in September 2013 will fly directly from Srinagar Airport to Saudi Arabia and vice-versa.

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