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Introduction

Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee Introduction

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1. Constitution of the Committee

The Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee was constituted in 1958 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. After the enactment of the Haj Committee Act, 2002, (Central Act No.35 of 2002), the State Government has been constituting the Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee for a period of three years to look after the welfare of the Hajj pilgrims and also for making necessary arrangements for the successful performance of Hajj pilgrimage with the guidance of Haj Committee of India and Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi

The Government of India distributes quota allotted for the country among various States based on Muslim population as per the census of 2011 and the State Hajj Committee calls for applications from the intending pilgrims. Every year, the Committee receives more applications than the quota allotted and the pilgrims are selected by holding districtwise Qurrah (draw of lots) as per the quota allotted for Tamil Nadu.

2. Functions of the Committee:

The main functions of the Committee are as follows:

3. Arrangements for Hajj pilgrimage:

Direct flight operations were started from Chennai embarkation point since 1987 for Hajj pilgrims of Southern States from Chennai to Jeddah and back. Later new embarkation points were also notified such as Hyderabad, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Mangalore and Calicut (Kozhikode) for the operation of flights directly from the respective States. Chennai is presently serving as embarkation point for pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands only.

The State Hajj Committee carries out its functions as per the guidelines of the Haj Committee of India and it has no role in the finalisation of flight schedule, allotment of accommodation etc., which are being done by Haj Committee of India and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.