Giving a digital push to the Haj application process, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Mumbai launched a mobile application which will provide information and facilitate e-payments for the pilgrimage.
The launch of the application is considered to be a major initiative in the government’s ‘Digital India’ program.
Application for Haj, news, updates and e-payment are the main features of this mobile app. Five adults and two infants can apply as a group and a PDF copy of the form will go to the applicant’s email.
After the online application process, the printout with documents are to be sent to the state Haj Committees.
In 2016, almost 45,843 people had applied online for Haj which was about 11 percent of the total applications from across the country.
In online applications for Haj 2016, Maharashtra topped with a total of 10,960 applicants, followed by Kerala with 9,257 and Uttar Pradesh with 5,407.
Efforts are on to make the process of online application simple and easy so that more people can apply online for the next Haj pilgrimage.