New Delhi: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, released an online application form and new guidelines for the upcoming Haj on Monday. He previously stated that the entire Haj process in India in 2022 would be entirely digital. Starting today, the application process will begin.
According to a statement, the Haj 2022 process is being planned after discussions between the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Haj Committee of India, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia, and India's Consul General in Jeddah, as well as other agencies, taking into account all aspects of the pandemic's challenges.
Haj pilgrims used to be allowed to travel through 21 embarkation points, but in 2022, pilgrims will only be allowed to travel through ten. The selection of Haj pilgrims will be based on complete vaccination, including both doses and guidelines, and the criteria for doing so will be determined by the Indian and Saudi governments, with coronavirus protocols in mind during Haj 2022.
"The Haj could not take place due to COVID-19. However, Haj will take place in 2022, and a large number of Indians will participate "During his speech, Naqvi said. "We have tried to make the Haj process completely digital and simple," he added.