Govt. constitutes committee to review Haj policy

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 9, 2017

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has constituted a committee on January 31 to review the Haj Policy 2013-17 and to suggest a framework for Haj Policy 2018-22, the Lok Sabha was informed yesterday.
Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State for Minority Affairs said in a written reply to a question that the committee comprises Afzal Amanullah, former Secretary to Union Government of India and former Consul General of India, Jeddah, Justice S.S. Parkar, retired judge of Bombay High Court,  Qaiser Shamim, IRS (Retd), former Chairman, Haj Committee of India,  Kamal Faruqui, Chartered Accountant & Muslim scholar, Michael Mascarenhas, former CMD, Air India and J. Alam, Joint Secretary, in-charge of Haj, Ministry of Minority Affairs.
The main issues taken up by the committee are review of the existing Haj policy pertaining to Haj Committee of India (HCoI) and private tour operators (PTOs) in the light of its objectives and achievements.
It will examine implications of various directions of the Supreme Court with regard to the existing policy and suggest suitable amendments in the said policy in the light of such directions. It will review the effectiveness of arrangements made by HCoI for Haj pilgrims’ accommodation and air travel including issues related with Haj subsidy.
The commitee will also examine the effectiveness of inter-relationship and coordination in the functioning of Haj Committee of India and CGI, examine the aspects of transparency, consumer satisfaction and disclosure requirements for PTOs to protect interest of the Haj Pilgrims with a view to make the new policy of greater assistance to the pilgrims, suggest measures for ensuring fair competition among PTOs and enhanced value for services provided by them, and suggest the framework for new Haj policy for HCoI and PTOs.
The committee has been given a time of three months from its constitution for submission of report, Mr. Naqvi added.