Committee Constituted to Review HAJ Policy

IAS Prelims 2023

Ministry of Minority Affairs has constituted a Committee on 31.01.2017 to review the Haj Policy 2013-17 and to suggest framework for Haj Policy 2018-22. This Committee comprises of Afzal Amanullah, IAS (Retired), former Secretary to Government of India and former Consul General, Consulate 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, noted 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 as under:

(i) Review the existing Haj policy pertaining to HCoI and PTOs in the light of its objectives and achievements.

(ii) Examine implications of various directions of the Supreme Court with regard to the existing policy and to suggest suitable amendments in the said policy in the light of such directions.

(iii) Review the effectiveness of arrangements made by HCoI for Haj pilgrims’ accommodation and air travel including issues related with Haj subsidy.

(iv) Examine the effectiveness of inter-relationship and coordination in the functioning of Haj Committee of India and CGI.

(v) 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.

(vi) Suggest measure for ensuring fair competition among PTOs and enhanced value for services provided by them.

(vii) 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.