The whole process of Haj 2021 might witness a significant change because of the COVID-19 guidelines Credit: Twitter image

The government of India will decide on Haj 2021, keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government of Saudi Arabia and India to ensure the safety of pilgrims informed Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday.

The annual Haj will fall in the between June-July 2021, but the final decisions on allowing pilgrims will depend on national and international COVID-19 protocols. A high-level meeting was held in Delhi to discuss the parameters on Monday.

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The Haj Committee of India will formally announce the application process for the pilgrimage only after the government of Saudi Arabia takes a decision.

The process of applying for Haj 2021 could witness a significant change because of COVID-19 guidelines. Government agencies involved with the Haj arrangements have started the preparations to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

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Minister Naqvi informed that the Saudi government returned about ₹ 100 crore regarding transportation. Rs 2,100 crore was returned through direct bank transfer (DBT) mode, without any deduction, to 1,23,000 people because of the cancellation of Haj 2020 due to COVID-19.

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