Dy CM assures Haj pilgrims of best arrangements and rise in quota

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has assured that the State Government would make best possible arrangements for Haj pilgrims and try to increase the Haj quota for the Telangana State.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of release of Haj application forms for Haj 2017 at Haj House, Nampally, on Monday, Mahmood Ali said he had spoken to the Union Minister for Minorities Welfare for increasing Haj quota for Telangana State as the Muslim population in Hyderabad was more than any other part of the country and the quota for the State is very less.

He said due to efforts of the government, free accommodation, free food and free laundry facilities were provided to Haj pilgrims in Rubath in Makkah and the government would try to see that all the pilgrims from Telangana and erstwhile Nizam State get free accommodation in Rubath.

Mohammed Saleem, MLC, wishing Haj aspirants success in their endeavor said they should bring about a change in their attitude and behavior after Haj. Mohammed Farooq Hussain, MLC, said efforts were being made for proper guidance and service to the Haj pilgrims in every part of the State. Jaffer Hussain Meraj, MLA, said all Haj affairs are handled in a transparent manner and the Haj applicants should not believe any person, who assures them a seat for Haj.

A K Khan, Advisor to the State Government, Minorities Affairs, warned Haj aspirants of unrecognized Haj private tour operators, who might cheat them, as many such cases had occurred in the past. He said he would review implementation of various welfare and development schemes of the government meant for the Minorities. Syed Omer Jaleel, Secretary to Government Minorities Welfare, Haj Committee Special Officer Prof. SA Shukoor and others also spoke. –NSS

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