This year, JandK pilgrims for Haj to get special jackets for easy identification

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2014 18:52 IST

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday approved special identification jackets for prospective pilgrims from the state to enable them recognise each other and maintain a link with the Khudam-ul-Hujaj (group leader) for any required assistance.

"Preferably Jammu and Kashmir Haj Committee Logo should be printed on these jackets," Omar told the Hajj Committee in Srinagar.

The chief minister has approved grants to the tune of about `50 lakh for providing free vaccination to the Aazmeen-e-Haj-2014.

Omar, also the chairman of the Haj Committee, directed for utilising the residential block of Bemina Haj House for hosting social functions like marriage ceremonies, on pre-determined rent, during the lean period to help generate financial resource for maintenance and up keep of the Haj House and related services.

"After the Haj period is over, the huge accommodation of residential block remains idle and this can be put to use by hosting social functions like marriage ceremonies generating finance to meet the expenses on upgrading and maintaining the facilities for Haj pilgrims", he said.

The meeting approved the budget of `2.58 crore for the Haj Committee for the year 2014-15 to be incurred on various activities aimed at conducting Haj pilgrimage smoothly and satisfactory.

As many as 6,925 pilgrims from the state are likely to perform Haj this year.

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