Hajj 2014 applications forms released
Mohammed Ahmadullah Minister for Minorities Welfare, Wakf and Urdu Academy today released the Haj Application Forms for the Haj Season 2014 at Nampally, Hyderabad and assured the pilgrims that the State Government will make best possible efforts to provide facilities for the Haj pilgrims.
He said that last year altogether 17000 applicants had applied for Haj, out of which 7456 got the opportunity to perform Haj. The state Government has enhanced the budget of the Haj Committee from Rs. 0ne crores to Rs. Two crores, to facilitate the better arrangements for the pilgrims. The Minister expected that the Haj Camp this year will be made on more grand scale and if need arises the Government will release more funds. He said that the issue of construction of a new Haj House will be sorted out very shortly and the Government will decide the matter keeping in view all angles. On this occasion he also released the Diary of the Urdu Academy AP for the year 2014.
Syed Omer Jaleel IAS, Special Secretary to Government Minorities Welfare Department said that he is personally aware of the problems of the Haj pilgrims as he had an opportunity to serve the Haj pilgrims during 2000-01 when he was serving in MCH. He advised the Haj Committee to set up more counters for issue and submission of Haj Application Forms. He said that Princess Esra Hospital is providing medical facilities till last day of the submission of the forms. He appreciated Special Officer Prof. S. A. Shukoor for the success of the Haj Camp 2013 and for selection of good buildings in Makkah KSA previously.
Shaik Mohammed Iqbal IPs Commissioner Minorities Welfare in his speech said that best facilities will be provided to the pilgrims in Makkah, Madeena and in Hyderabad. The matter of the Haj House is under active consideration. He advised the pilgrims to create the spirit of sacrifice and help the poor and needy and not to have a feeling of proud after the Haj.
Special Officer AP State Haj Committee Prof S. A. Shukoor in his welcome address said that the Haj Committee has made elaborate arrangements for distribution and submission of Haj Application Forms throughout the State. Medical Team from Princess Esra Hospital is deputed in the Haj House and volunteers will assist the pilgrims in filling up the forms. He advised the applicants not to be lured by the middlemen as there is no quota for anybody and the pilgrims will be selected through draw of lots. The meeting began with recitation of verses from the holy Quran by Hafiz Abdul Wahab Imam Masjid Haj House, while Janab Irfan Shareef EO I/C rendered a Hamd (poem). Janab Mohammed Nooruddin conducted the proceedings while Janab M. A. Rafi Quraishi APRO proposed a vote of thanks.