India is now the first country in the world to make the entire process digital for the devotees going on Haj. Approximately 2 lakh devotees will be visiting Haj in 2020 without any kind of subsidy.
The same was announced by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi after the agreement for next year’s pilgrimage with the Saudi Haj Minister in Jeddah was signed. The bilateral Haj agreement was signed between India and Saudi Arabia with Haj and Umrah Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten.
An online health application, e-MASIHA is a health facility app and e-luggage pre-tagging would be providing all the necessary information to the pilgrims in India about their accommodation, transportation in Mecca and Madina. This information will be provided to the 2 lakh pilgrims in India going for Haj 2020.
Naqvi also said that, “for the first time facilities were provided for digital pre-tagging of pilgrims' baggage.”
Naqvi also stated “The Ministry of Minority Affairs has taken effective and successful steps during the last four years to make Haj and other programs completely digital or online as a part of Digital India campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
The last date for submission of the application is 5th December and till date 1.78 lakh applications from Jammu and Kashmir have been received by the authorities.
The relation between the two countries has strengthened with respect to culture, history, economics and even politically.
Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ausaf Sayeed, Additional Secretary Ministry of Minority Affairs Jan-e-Aalam, Consul General Mohd Noor Rehman Shaeikh, Haj Committee of India Chairman Nabi Jinna Sheikh, Haj Committee of India CEO M A Khan and other senior officials were present on the occasion.