Saudi Arabia has I creased India’s Haj quota by 5,000, the second hike in two years, taking the number of pilgrims who can perform Hajj from the country to 1,75,025 lakh, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Naqvi claimed that the increase over the past two years – of nearly 40,000 – is a ‘record expansion’ since Independence.
The increase in India’s quota will be effective from Hajj to be held later this year. Saudi Arabia last year increased India’s quota by 35,000. In 2017, the Hajj quota was 1,70,025.
The minority affairs minister attributed the increase to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “growing popularity” and India’s improved ties with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations under his leadership.
“It is a record expansion after Independence. The Modi government has been fulfilling the socio-economic, religious needs with honesty, without appeasement politics,” Naqvi told.
In a statement, he added: “Three years ago, during the Congress regime, India’s Haj quota was about 1,36,020, which has been increased to record 1,75,025 in the past two years.”