Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali assured that the State Government would provide all facilities to the pilgrims going for Haj 2015.
The Deputy CM informed that the Haj Flights from the Hyderabad Embarkation Point would commence from September 2 and conclude on September 8, with 16 flights, at the rate of three flights a day. “Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao desires to provide full support to the Haj pilgrims”, he said and added that in spite of bifurcation of the State, the budget of the Telangana State Haj Committee remained at Rs. 2 crores. He said that this time the Air India had been entrusted the task of taking Haj pilgrims and hoped that it would provide better services to the pilgrims. “Making Haj arrangements is the responsibility of the government,” he said.
Mahmood Ali was speaking at the inauguration of the Vaccination Camp of the Haj Pilgrims at the Haj House in Nampally on Monday. On this occasion, he released the Haj Guides published in three languages, i.e. English, Telugu and Urdu. He elaborated on the arrangements being made for the smooth Haj operations this year and said that the State Government would make all out efforts to make the Haj Camp 2015 a grand success.
Nampally MLA Jaffer Hussain Meraj advised the pilgrims to obey the rules and regulations of both India and Saudi Arabia in the matter of Haj Journey. “Haj journey is the most sacred and important journey in the life of a Muslim,” he said.
Minorities Welfare Department Secretary Syed Omer Jaleel advised the pilgrims to take care of their health and take vaccines. “People from across the world gather at the Haj and bring with them various kinds of virus,” he cautioned and added that vaccinations were necessary to remain safe from various kinds of diseases.
Telangana State Haj Committee Special Officer Prof. S. A. Shukoor informed that altogether 3,117 pilgrims from Telangana State were selected to perform Haj this year and the Haj Camp would commence from 31st August with hectic schedule of 16 Haj Chartered Flights of Air India in just seven days. The Haj Committee made elaborate arrangements for vaccinations and distribution of suit cases to all the pilgrims. He said that the Hyderabad Embarkation Point was adjudged as the best point in the country in 2104 and assured to make better arrangements than the previous years. Dr. K. Amarender Reddy Director Institute of Preventive Medicine was present on this occasion.
Medical Teams from Princess Esra Hospital, Owaisi Group of Hospitals and Institute of Preventive Medicine administered Anti Meningitis, Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Oral Polio drops to the pilgrims. The Vaccination Camp at the Haj House will continue till Wednesday 29th July. (INN)