Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today announced that Haj travellers can now fly to Saudi Arabia from multiple embarkation points in the country. The facility will come into effect from November 15. Mr. Naqvi said the facility will prove more economical for pilgrims as charges at the major embarkation points like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata are cheaper than the tier-II cities such as Aurangabad, Indore, and Srinagar among others.
The minister further said, people can submit their applications through physically filling in the form as well as through online registration including the payment facility for the same. The government has begun the process a month in advance unlike last year, so that pilgrims can get more time for preparations.
He said Haj 2018 will be performed according to the new Haj Policy. The new Haj policy aims to make Haj pilgrimage more comfortable, smooth and transparent.