Srinagar, Mar 20: The draw of lots (Qurrah) for the selection of pilgrims for Hajj-2017 was held at Hajj House Bemina here today in presence of the Minister of State for Hajj.
The real time computerized selections were displayed at the State Hajj House Bemina for intending pilgrims of the State.
While congratulating Hajj applicants on their selection, the Minister Syed Farooq Andrabi said government is committed to provide best facilities to pilgrims and making their pilgrimage comfortable. He said this year State of J&K received an additional quota for 1500 pilgrims.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the State Hajj Committee had received 35215 applications this year which include 25793 applicants from general category. He said the total quota allocated for the state is 7960 seats.
The Minster said the State government will take the matter with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to seek additional quota so that pendency of Hajj applicants is minimized.
Giving out the details, Executive Officer State Hajj Committee, Syed Qamar Sajad said reserved category applicants are more than the total quota for the State, which includes 2266 applicants whose age is 70 plus and are designated as category ‘A’, besides 6891 fourth-timers who have already applied for three consecutive years without success and are designated as category ‘B’, and 265 applicants designated as category ‘B’ (fifth-timer).
As per the norms category ‘A’ applicants are selected as a whole, besides category ‘B’ (fifth-timers) as well by which 5429 Hajj seats remain for applicants under category B (fourth-timers) which already is more than the remaining Hajj seats.
The Executive Officer said that it becomes imperative to proceed with selection of the Hajj pilgrims through Draw of Lots (Qurrah). Thereafter the remaining applicants of category ‘B” shall be put under Reserve Wait List (RWL-B), in the order assigned by Qurrah.
Subsequently, Qurrah will be conducted amongst the applicants of General Category and they will be put under General Wait List (GWL), in the order assigned by Qurrah.
The order of preference shall be RWL-B followed by GWL, while as draw of lots will be held for category ‘B’ and for general category applicants, he said.
He said the list of provisionally selected applicants shall be published in local newspapers.