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J&K STATE HAJ COMMITTEE , ADVISORY FOR ASPIRING HAJ PILGRIMS

J&K STATE HAJ COMMITTEE

BAIT-UL-HUJAJ (HAJ HOUSE) BEMINA, SRINAGAR

www.jkshc.com

Ph: 0194-2495367 Email: [email protected]

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ADVISORY FOR ASPIRING HAJ PILGRIMS

The announcement for Haj-2016 is being made shortly and it is expected to invoke tremendous response like in the past. Since a few documents are essentially required for being eligible to apply for Haj through the Haj Committee of India, the prospective aspirants are advised to keep these documents available in advance.This will help them to submit their application forms in time. The gist of mandatory requirements and other relevant information is given below.

(i) All applicants must be in possession of machine readable International passport. Any person without a valid passport shall not be eligible to apply for Haj. The prospective applicants are advised to acquire a passport well in advance. Further, it has been observed that during Haj 2014, some pilgrims were not allowed to proceed further by Immigration authorities at Srinagar Airport because of damaged passports (the jacket of the Passport having got detached from main body/earlier Visa having been removed/ torn pages etc.) The Haj aspirants are advised not to fiddle with their passports and ensure that it is properly maintained. A passport with any sort of damage will not be entertained. Since Haj 2015, only machine readable passports are accepted for endorsement of visa. Any person in possession of handwritten passport or handwritten correction in name, incorporation of spouse name etc, must get a fresh machine readable passport in advance.

(ii) All applicants are required to have a bank account with any scheduled bank.The bank account details which include Bank/ Branch name and code, IFS code and account number (16 digits) are mandatory fields of the application form. Those aspiring applicants who do not have a bank account so far are advised to have an account opened in their own interest.

(iii) A few copies of recent Passport size photographs are required to be pasted on the application form and a few more copies attached with it. The photographs should be of 3.5 cm X 3.5 cm size, front pose, coloured with white background. The aspiring applicants may keep the photographs ready.

(iv) All pilgrims aged 70 years and above are required to apply alongwith a companion of lesser age who shall be amongst one of the following relations: Husband/Wife/ Brother/Sister /Son/Daughter/ Son- in- Law /Daughter- in- Law / Grand Son /Grand Daughter/Nephew /Niece. Such companion should not have proceeded for Haj either through Haj Committee of India or Private Tour Operators earlier.

In the past it has been observed that many pilgrims faced difficulty in applying for Haj because of non readiness of the available companion with a valid passport. Such elderly pilgrims should identify their companions in advance and ask them to complete the requisite formalities. It must be noted that a 70+ aspirant can not apply alone.

(v) Previously it has been observed that close relatives apply under separate covers and later on approach State Haj Committee for clubbing or merger of covers which is not accepted by the Haj Committee of India readily. As such, close relatives who want to and can form a group as per the policy parameters, must persuade each other in advance to apply under single cover. The maximum size of a cover is Five (5).

It may be noted that the policy of “Haj once in life time through Haj Committee of India” continues to be in force; as such, any person who has performed Haj in earlier years though Haj Committee of India shall not be eligible to apply for Haj-2016.

This advisory is not exhaustive and details shall be notified once announcement for Haj-2016 is formally made by the Haj Committee of India. It is issued with the purpose to sensitize the aspirants in advance to avoid last minute disappointment because of non-availability of requisite documents.

The aspiring pilgrims are welcome to contact the State Haj Committee in person or by telephone/e-mail for any clarification. Our contact details are: |

Address: Bait-ul-Hujaj, Bernina, Bye Pass, Srinagar. s

Phone: 0194-2495367, 9622458332, E-mail: ikstatehai(5)amail,com DIPK-10995 Sd/- Executive Officer

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