Kerala’s Haj pilgrim quota hiked

June 13th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Kozhikode, June 13 (IANS) The quota of Haj pilgrimage from Kerala has been hiked by 1,057 this year, an official said here Friday. With this increase, around 7,200 people from the state will now be able to go on the pilgrimage through the State Haj Committee.

“The increase in the quota is due to a shortfall in applicants from states like Assam, Bihar and Mizoram. The shortfall was around 15,000. When this was divided among states, we got 1,057,” said A.K. Abdul Hameed, Kerala Haj Committee’s chairman.

This year Kerala has around 29,000 applicants for the pilgrimage. The pilgrims will be selected through a draw of lots.

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