The Minister pointed out that the portal for PTOs has been launched for the first time by Ministry of Minority Affairs to ensure that the entire process related to Haj becomes fully transparent. This PTO portal has been developed to carry forward the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” programme. The portal is aimed at addressing several issues of PTOs and Haj pilgrims.
Through this portal, PTOs can apply online with the required documents. The applications will be scrutinised by the Haj Division of Minority Affairs Ministry. After this, a draw of lots will be done online and the quota will be allocated. This portal also aims at displaying details of the rates, packages and facilities offered by the PTOs across the country. Thus, Haj pilgrims will have the option to choose the PTO of their choice, not only from their region, but from anywhere in India. In order to ensure smooth rollout of the portal and its various modules, it has been decided to invite applications from the PTOs online as well as manually for Haj 2018.
Naqvi stated that on the one hand, while for private tour operators, the entire process has been simplified and made transparent, on the other hand, it has also been clearly instructed that any discrepancies in facilities for Haj pilgrims going through PTOs will not be tolerated. Minority Affairs Ministry has taken strict measures in this regard.
The Minister pointed out that more than 2 lakh 63 thousand people have applied for Haj, as of now, out of which about 1 lakh 38 thousand applications have been made online. This has provided a boost to Minority Affairs Ministry’s decision to make the entire Haj process digital. Besides, people are also applying for Haj through the mobile app.
Naqvi said that distribution of quota between Haj committee of India and private tour operators has been retained, like previous year. He added that Haj 2018 will be conducted according to the new Haj policy. Saudi Arabia Government had increased India’s Haj quota to 1 lakh 70 thousand and twenty five in the year 2017.