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Centre gives Haj a digital push

Collecting information about Haj won’t be arduous task any more as one can avail Haj application process on his or her smartphone. Moreover, for the first time a mobile application has also been launched facilitating e-payments for the pilgrimage. The Central government new initiative has been welcomed by local residents in Okhla.

“It is for the first time that Haj application process is going to be digital. This is a major initiative in the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. The Ministry of Minority Affairs has joined Digital India campaign in a big way. We have made several processes regarding Haj digital/online. The Central government has been encouraging online applications for next Haj so that people can get an opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete transparency and comfort,” Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi “said during the launch of the event at Haj House in south Mumbai on Monday.

Those who were gathered there were informed that from Monday itself the mobile app will be available on Google Play store with the application to be accepted from today for the next Haj schedule already announced. It is understood that application submission last date has been fixed to January 24.

Five adults and two infants can apply as a group. The new development has come a month after new website of Haj in three languages, including Hindi, English and Urdu, was launched in New Delhi.

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