The North East Haj Pilgrims Reception Committee on Saturday announced that a total of 3,594 pilgrims from Assam and other Northeast states will go for Haj this year.
The first batch will leave for Medina in Saudi Arabia, on July 4 from Guwahati.
The first flight will take off from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at 2.15 pm on July 4. The last batch from the Northeast will leave on July 18. “Daily, 150 pilgrims will travel to Medina from Guwahati. The Assam government has appointed 18 Khadim-Ul-Hujjaj (officer in charge) to take care of the pilgrims from the state,” said Nekibur Zaman, chairman of the Haj Committee, while addressing the media in Guwahati.
“We are very thankful to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Ranjit Dutta for their assistance in making the process smooth,” he added.
Out of 3594 pilgrims from the Northeast, 3515 are from Assam, 55 from Meghalaya, 22 from Nagaland and 4 from Arunachal Pradesh.
On July 3, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will bid farewell to the pilgrims at Haji Musafirkhana, Guwahati. Committees have been created to take care of all the necessities of the pilgrims.
According to the North East Haj Pilgrims Reception Committee, last year altogether 4,000 pilgrims had participated in the Haj, whereas this year the number has decreased to 3,594.
Among the pilgrims, 2,432 are male and 1,162 are female. From Assam, the highest 197 pilgrims from Cachar district will participate in the Haj, followed by Karimganj (168) and Hailakandi (94).