Srinagar: Around 2000 Haj aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir have become ineligible for this year’s holy pilgrimage (Hajj) due to the age-bar set by the Saudi Govt.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah—Makkah Saturday announced that one million pilgrims both foreign and domestic, will perform Hajj this year subject to the condition that the aspirants are under 65 years of age and have received the Covid-19 vaccinations approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, news agency KNO reported.
As per the guidelines issued by Saudi Kingdom, pilgrims coming from outside the Kindgom will have to submit a negative Covid-19 test result from a test performed within 72 hours of the time of departure to the Kingdom.
News agency KNO quoted Executive Officer J&K Hajj Committee Dr. Abdul Salaam Mir saying that almost 12000 applications were received by the Hajj office this year of which around 2000 will not be eligible after the Saudi government’s rider.
He said that most probably the remaining 10,000 pilgrims may all become entitled for the Hajj 2022 depending on the final quota distribution by the Government of India. “Things will become clearer within a couple of days,” Dr. Mir said.
He said from their end, all the preparations have been made and now that the announcement has been made for Hajj 2022, they will speed up the further process that includes submitting money, passport and other relevant documents.