New Delhi: Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India (GoI) has constituted a Committee to review the Haj Policy 2013-17 and to suggest framework for Haj Policy 2018-22, a statement said on Wednesday.
The Committee comprises of Afzal Amanullah, IAS (Retired), former Secretary to Government of India and former Consul General, Consulate General of India, Jeddah, Justice S.S. Parkar, Retired Judge of Bombay High Court, Qaiser Shamim, IRS (Retd), former Chairman, Haj Committee of India, Kamal Faruqui, noted Chartered Accountant & Muslim Scholar, Michael Mascarenhas, former CMD, Air India and J. Alam, Joint Secretary, in-charge of Haj, Ministry of Minority Affairs.
The main issues taken up by the Committee are to review the existing Haj policy pertaining to HCoI and PTOs in the light of its objectives and achievements, examine implications of various directions of the Supreme Court with regard to the existing policy and to suggest suitable amendments in the said policy in the light of such directions and review the effectiveness of arrangements made by HCoI for Haj pilgrims’ accommodation and air travel including issues related with Haj subsidy.
The Committee will also examine the effectiveness of inter-relationship and coordination in the functioning of Haj Committee of India and CGI.
It will examine the aspects of transparency, consumer satisfaction and disclosure requirements for PTOs to protect interest of the Haj Pilgrims with a view to make the new policy of greater assistance to the pilgrims.
The Committee will suggest measure for ensuring fair competition among PTOs and enhanced value for services provided by them.
It will suggest the framework for new Haj policy for HCoI and PTOs.
The Committee has been given a time of three months from its constitution for submission of report.