Number of Haj Pilgrims from Bengal to be Halved in 2021 Due to Pandemic: Committee
The quantity of Haj explorers from the state will be split one year from now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior individual from the West Bengal State Haj Committee said on Wednesday. The expense of the Haj journey one year from now will ascend because of the COVID-19 security conventions, he said. The state Haj board of trustees has gotten 1,100 applications since November 10 from individuals living in various areas of the state communicating interest to go on a Haj journey in 2021, he said. "The circumstance is horrid and voyaging is a serious testing thing in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. This time we might be permitted simply 3,500 to 4,000 travelers to go on Haj in 2021. The expense of individual travelers will likewise be expanded inferable from the COVID-19 wellbeing conventions," the individual from the state council told PTI. From Bengal, in the pre-COVID-19 time at any rate 9,000 pioneers used to go on the Haj journey every year, he said. "However, because of the COVID-19 circumstance, the Haj Committee of India has chosen to permit only one-fourth of the all out number who are permitted to take the Haj journey," he added. The part said that there will be no restrictions of tolerating the quantity of uses looking to go on Haj journey, however a ultimate choice will be taken by the state panel simply after an appropriate screening of their wellbeing. "Legitimate clinical screening will be done to check whether these individuals are having genuine wellbeing related issues or not. Any individual having any genuine ailment won't be permitted to travel this time," the part said. Truth be told, it would be unexpectedly that the state Haj advisory group, in the wake of screening the applications, will go for the lottery framework to choose the travelers, he said. "This year we are not tolerating any application charge. Simply subsequent to screening the candidates' clinical wellbeing, we will pick them through lottery. After that we will acknowledge Rs 1.5 lakh ahead of time and the essential reports like identification, Aadhaar card from chosen individuals to start the cycle of their movement," the part expounded. Till November 17, the advisory group has gotten 1,100 applications generally from Murshidabad region plus, Malda, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Uttar Dinajpur and Kolkata. The applications will be acknowledged till December 10 and the lottery will be directed in January, the part added. On the purpose for the expansion in the expense of movement for a person to take the Haj journey, he said that previous six people utilized remain in one room however because of COVID-19 pandemic just three will be permitted. "The typical cost for basic items there in Saudi Arabia's Mecca is very high and now just three individuals will be permitted to remain in one room where prior we used to oblige six. So the expenses are expanding significantly," he said. Individuals prior used to spend around Rs 2.65 lakh to go on Haj journey, will presently be needed to hack up Rs 1.75 lakh more, he said. The Haj is a yearly Islamic journey to Mecca, viewed as the most blessed city of the Muslims. The following year's Haj is probably going to occur in mid-July. The Minority Affairs division had dropped travel of Muslims to Saudi Arabia during the current year's Haj after the realm passed on that explorers ought not be sent for the current year in the wake of the Covid pandemic.