Current Affairs


  • Following President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to amendments to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, Centre notified transfer of management of Haj Pilgrimage, including administration of the Haj Committee Act, 1959, to the Minorities Affairs Ministry.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs has dealt with the Haj pilgrimage and other aspects of the Act so far.
  • Under the amended business rules in the Second Schedule, the Ministry would however, continue to oversee other pilgrimages to places outside India under the Indian Pilgrimships Rules, 1933, and pilgrim parties from India to shrines in Pakistan and vice versa.
  • Every year, Haj Committee of India organises the All India Annual Conference for Haj Chairmen & Secretaries of State Haj Committees.
  • The Haj Quota is fixed by the Centre and the State-wise quota of seats is distributed among States and UTs on the basis of their Muslim populations.