Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched the Haj Committee of India’s mobile app. The app would bring all Haj related information to the fingertips of users. People can apply for Haj, seek relevant information, news and updates and can make e-payment through the app, the Minister said. Also Read - "Mobile payments exceeded ATM cash withdrawals for the first time" in India last year: PM ModiAlso Read - Gujrat government offering farmers up to Rs 1,500 to buy a smartphone
The app can be downloaded from Google Playstore. “The central government has been encouraging online applications to ensure fair opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete transparency and comfort. For the first time, Haj application process is going to be digital,” Naqvi said.
“Applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are the main features of this mobile app. Five adults and two infants can apply together as a group. A PDF copy of the form will go to the applicant’s email,” he added. However, after online application, the printout with documents is to be sent to the state Haj committees. ALSO READ: Sabarimala temple introduces e-hundi for electronic transfer of offerings
Last month, the Ministry had launched a new trilingual website of Haj. During Haj 2016, as many as 45,843 people had applied online for Haj which was about 11 percent of the total applications from across the country. Naqvi said that efforts are on to make the process of online application simple and easy so that more and more people can apply online for the next Haj pilgrimage.
Maharashtra topped in online applications for Haj 2016 with a total of 10,960 people applying online followed by Kerala with 9,257 online applications and Uttar Pradesh with 5,407.