Srinagar: The Commissioner Secretary, Haj and Auqaf, Vijay Kumar Bidhuri Tuesday said that the Hajj pilgrimage is important and a priority for the JK administration and asked the Hajj Committee of JK to ensure that adequate facilities are made available to the pilgrims, selected for this year, during their departure to Saudi Arabia.
The Commissioner Secretary directed the Chief Executive Officer of Hajj Committee to install signage, hoarding of Dos and Don’ts well in advance besides ensuring proper cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in and around the Hajj House Complex including the residential areas.
These directions were issued by the Officer while visiting the Hajj House here in Bemina and reviewing the arrangements put in place by the administration for smooth conduct of the Haj-2022.
Special Secretary Revenue, K K Sidha and Under Secretary Revenue Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat accompanied the Commissioner Secretary during the visit.
Kumar inspected the residential complex, departure hall, vaccination room, health centre and instructed the concerned authorities to mobilize all men and machinery for better conduct of Hajj departure. He asked the concerned officers to work in close coordination with line departments and keep an adequate number of volunteers available in all areas like reception, check-in point, vaccination, foreign exchange, bus boarding places and help desk areas.
The Commissioner Secretary instructed the CEO that every pilgrim must get all Hajj related information through SMS including helpline numbers of the Centres established by UT JK administration, Haj Committee of India at Jeddah besides making wide publicity of the flight schedules.
The Director of Health Services Kashmir informed that adequate arrangements have been made by the department for vaccination and mandatory RTPCR of selected Hajj pilgrims. He said a team of dedicated staff from the health department will be available at Hajj House for the assistance of pilgrims during the departure period.
Earlier, the CEO of JK Hajj Committee Dr Abdul Salam briefed the Commissioner Secretary about the arrangements and facilities made available in the Hajj House. He said that all arrangements including transportation of pilgrims to the airport have been made well in advance for the comfortable stay and departure of the pilgrims.
This year 5,902 persons, including 5700 from Jammu and Kashmir and 202 from Ladakh are going on the holy pilgrimage for which the flights are commencing from June 5, 2022.