Increase in Haj Quota 2012

Government of India (GOI) and Saudi Arabia annually sign a bilateral Haj Agreement in which the overall Haj Quota for India for the year is specified. For Haj 2012, Government of Saudi Arabia allocated 1,70,000 Haj seats to India - 1,25,000 for pilgrims going through the Haj Committee of India (HCOI) and 45,000 for pilgrims facilitated by Private Tour Operators (PTOs). The HCOI Haj quota is distributed among States/ Union Territories (UT) in proportion to their Muslim population. As per the Order dated July 23, 2012 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, 300 seats have been allocated for discretionary allocation. Distribution of these 300 seats as per the Order is limited to - 100 seats for allotment on recommendation of the Hon’ble President, 75 each on recommendations by the Vice-President and Prime Minister and 50 by the External Affairs Minister.

The overall Quota is decided at the time of signing the annual bilateral Haj Agreement. This year the Agreement was signed on 14.3.2012.

GOI requests the Saudi authorities every year for additional quota to accommodate, even if partially, the excess applications received by HCOI. In 2010 & 2011, 10,000 additional seats were released at GOI’s request by the Saudi authorities and were distributed through the HCOI to States/ UTs with applications in excess of allocated quota.

Allocation of Haj seats to each State/Union Territory is done by the Haj Committee of India in proportion to the Muslim population in each State/U.T. vis-a-vis the national population of Muslims as per 2001 Census. All States/U.T. have been allocated their quota on the basis of this formula. However, following the order dated July 23, 2012 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, some more seats have become available. These seats will be distributed by HCOI among States/UTs, with applications in excess of their quota, in proportion to their Muslim population. UP and MP will get their due shares from these surplus seats.

Details of allocation of seats to each State/Union Territory for Haj-2012 are as follows:

STATE-WISE DISTRIBUTION OF QUOTA


FOR THE PILGRIMS  OF HAJ -2012 AS PER 2001 CENSUS


Sr.#
Name of States/Union Territory
Final Quota (*)



1
Andaman & Nicobar (UT)
28



2
Andhra Pradesh
6680



3
Assam
3586



4
Bihar
6662



5
Chandigarh (UT)
34



6
Chhattisgarh
392



7
Dadra Nagar Haveli (UT)
6



8
Daman & Diu (UT)
12



9
Delhi (NCT)
1552



10
Goa
88



11
Gujarat
4391



12
Himachal Pradesh
114



13
Haryana
1170



14
Jammu & Kashmir
6494



15
Jharkhand
3504



16
Karnataka
6179



17
Kerala
7518



18
Lakshadweep (UT)
55



19
Madhya Pradesh
3672



20
Maharashtra
9819



21
Manipur
183



22
Orissa
729



23
Pondicherry (UT)
57



24
Punjab
365



25
Rajasthan
4578



26
Tamil Nadu
3318



27
Tripura
63



28
Uttar Pradesh
29387



29
Uttarakhand
967



30
West Bengal
12397




Total
114000









(*)
Original Quota + surrendered quota and cancellation of repeaters

of five States.

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