Haj Committee of India

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Haj Committee of India (also known as Central Haj Committee (CHC)[1]) is a statutory body of the Indian government which organises Islamic pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia.[2] It was established under Haj Committee Act in 2002.[3] The committee acts as a nodal agency for state haj committees and has 23 members, of which six are elected by state haj committees, four are ex-official, three are MPs, seven are nominated by the central government and the rest come from the state which sends largest number of pilgrims.[4] India was provided with 1,36,200 pilgrims quota in 2016, out of which, 1,00,200 travels were said to be arranged by the haj committee. The committee distributes the allotted quota state-wise based on Muslim population density according to 2011 census.[5]

The tradition of arranging religious pilgrimages by the Haj committee is traced back to 1927. The committee organised pilgrimages through sea-route and was headed by the Police Commissioner of Bombay D. Healy. The first meeting of the committee was held on 14 April 1927.[6] Prior to 2002 Haj Committee Act, the first attempt to grant legal recognisation to the committee was made by the British which passed Port Haj Committees Act in 1932 and later in 1959, when Haj Committee Act was passed by Jawahar Lal Nehru headed Government.[7] Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser currently serves as the Chairman of the Haj committee.[8]

List of Chairman/Chairperson[9][edit]

S No Name Designation Tenure
Haj Committee Bombay (1927-31)
1 Mr. D. Healy, Esq.

Commissioner of Police

President 14.04.1927 03.11.1927
2 Sir Patrick A. Kelly, Esq.

Commissioner of Police

President 17.02.1928 31.03.1930
3 Mr. D. Healy, Esq.

Commissioner of Police

President 13.05.1930 26.08.1930
4 Mr. G. S. Wilson, Esq.

Commissioner of Police

President 18.11.1930 10.03.1931
Port Haj Committee (1932-64)
5 Sir Patrick A. Kelly, Esq.

Commissioner of Police

Chairman 30.1.1932 01.09.1933
6 Mr. W. R. G. Smith

Commissioner of Police

Chairman 02.09.1933 15.05.1936
7 Mr. J. W. Rowland

Commissioner of Police

Chairman 16.05.1936 09.11.1936
8 Mr. W. R. G. Smith

Commissioner of Police

Chairman 10.11.1936 04.04.1939
9 Khadija Tiyabji Shuffi Chairperson 04.04.1939 11.07.1940
10 I . I . Chundrigar Chairman 11.07.1940 09.08.1946
11 Haji Hassanally P . Ebrahim Chairman 09.08.1946 04.06.1948
12 Haji Ahmed Haji Abdullah Chairman 17.09.1948 02.08.1949
13 Haji Hassanally P . Ebrahim Chairman 02.08.1949 16.03.1954
14 Mr. Ramzanally P. Ebrahim Chairman 16.03.1954 16.03.1955
15 Capt. M. A. Golandaz Chairman 16.03.1955 26.06.1964
Haj Committee (1964-Till Date)
16 Mr. Mustafa Fakih Chairman 22.08.1964 27.04.1967
17 Mr. Khattal M. Dhanibund Chairman 27.06.1967 10.10.1967
18 Mr. Mustafa Fakih Chairman 10.10.1967 10.10.1971
19 Mr. Ahmed B. Zakaria Chairman 10.10.1971 21.01.1978
20 Mr . Moinuddin Harris Chairman 21.01.1978 19.01.1980
21 Capt. M. A. Golandaz Chairman 19.01.1980 30.06.1981
22 Mr. Mustafa Fakih Chairman 29.08.1981 27.08.1982
23 Mr. Mohammed Amin Khandwani Chairman 27.08.1982 04.03.1985
24 Mr. Mustafa Fakih Chairman 30.03.1985 02.05.1985
25 Mr. Mohammed Amin Khandwani Chairman 27.05.1985 15.02.1989
26 Husain Dalwai Chairman 22.04.1989 27.11.1989
27 Syeda Anwara Taimur Chairperson 28.11.1989 22.04.1990
28 Mr. Salim A. R. Zakaria Chairman 30.04.1989 27.02.1992
29 Salamat Ullah Chairman 17.04.1992 28.04.1993
30 Kazi A. Khalique A. Kadar Vakil Chairman 28.04.1993 01.10.1993
31 Ridwan Harris Chairman 11.01.1994 21.01.1995
32 Salamat Ullah Chairman 21.01.1995 15.06.1999
33 Tanveer Ahmed Chairman 15.06.1999 14.09.2006
34 Mr. Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi Chairman 21.09.2006 15.09.2009
35 Mohsina Kidwai Chairperson 10.03.2010 11.01.2013
36 Qaisar Shamim, IRS (Rtd) Chairman 22.05.2013 06.05.2016
37 Mehboob Ali Kaiser, MP Chairman 24.06.2016 Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Functions of Haj Committe of India". www.hajcommittee.gov.in. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Haj panel in row over ‘arranging’ qurbani". The Times of India. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Delhi High Court upholds election of Kidwai as Haj Committee Chairperson". Hindustan Times. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2016 – via High Beam. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "No member from Maharashtra in Central Haj Committee". The Times of India. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "India gets quota of 136,020 pilgrims for Haj". Hindustan Times. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Congress leader Ahmed Patel appointments in Haj committee". Vishwa Gujarat. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Meaning of secularism". The Hindu. 30 January 2001. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Haj Committee of India hikes insurance for Haj pilgrims". Deccan Chronicle. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.hajcommittee.gov.in/hajcommittee.aspx

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