9th October, 2019
In an effort to make government departments as paperless as possible, the government has decided to make the Haj applications for the year 2020 paperless and fillable online.
As per the latest order issued by the Haj Committee of India, now the applicants for Haj in 2020 will have to fill an online form, for which the application process will start from October 10 till November 30. The applicants can fill the form on the Haj Committee of India's website as well as its Android mobile app.
Former Haj committee member Dr SU Qureshi said that last year, the Haj Committee Uttar Pradesh had not been issued the application form booklet, but the application form itself was available for download to be filled offline and submitted by post on the Haj Committee of India's website.
However, this time the entire process for the 2020 Haj pilgrimage has been made online.
Addl Secretary of the Haj Committee UP Javed Khan told India Today that e-Suvidha counters will be opened in every district of Uttar Pradesh so that uneducated or less-educated Muslims could seek assistance in filling up the forms. These counters will function free of cost and if someone demands money in lieu of the services on this counter, action will be taken against such persons.
THE LOGIN PROCESS
The login process at the website hajcommittee.gov.in is quite simple and requires only an email ID and password to create an account on the website. After that, the applicant will fill the form and attach passport, bank account, address proof, affidavit copies with the application form after scanning them.
Those applying from a mobile phone can do so by downloading the app from the Google Play store.
The applicants then download the pay-in-slip to make the payment of Rs 300 as application fee in the Haj Committee of India Mumbai SBI account 35398104789 and Union Bank of India account 318702010406010. The website also offers an e-payment facility.
However, some Muslims are not happy with the change. Haji Mohd Mustaqeem said that this process is too complicated for the lesser-educated Muslims while it will benefit the cyber-cafe operators.