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Hajj 2024: 475 pilgrims from Ladakh to embark on sacred journey


Srinagar, Dec 05: A total of 475 aspiring Hajj pilgrims from Ladakh Union Territory can embark on the sacred journey, as allocated by the Hajj Committee of India for the year 2024, according to officials.

The Hajj Committee of India has opened online applications for all aspiring pilgrims planning to undertake the Hajj journey starting next year. The application window became available on December 4, and the last date for submission is set for December 20.

Speaking with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Ali Majaz, Chairperson of Hajj Committee Ladakh Union Territory, said they are ensuring all necessary facilities for the aspirants, and offices across the region have been instructed to facilitate everyone.

Majaz said no fresh guidelines for Hajj next year have been issued as of now, and aspirants should consider the guidelines from the previous year. He urged aspirants to initiate their registration process.

“The offices in both Kargil and Leh are available round the clock to assist all aspirants, who can also make use of the online form submission facility from Hajj Committee Ladakh offices,” he said.The chairperson said that last year there were some issues with the embarkation of a few pilgrims but this year everyone needs to be very cautious to avoid confusion.

The aspirants must ensure all required documentation, particularly passports, is available to avoid issues later.“There is a 15-day gap for the last date of submission and it won’t be easy for us to prepare their passports, but we will help aspirants in every manner,” he added.

Regarding the allocated quota, Majaz said that out of the sanctioned 475, a total of 456 pilgrims undertook the journey last year, achieving 100 percent quota occupancy. Any pilgrims who couldn’t proceed were affected by personal issues such as health, he said.

In case of any fresh guidelines, the chairperson said all relevant information would be communicated accordingly. He assured the people of Ladakh not to worry about the allotted quota and to submit online applications without hesitation—(KNO)

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