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Ministry of Minority Affairs is the nodal ministry to conduct Haj pilgrimage in India.Haj pilgrimage for the Indian Pilgrims is conducted either through Haj Committee of India (HCoI), which is a statutory organization under the administrative control of Ministry of Minority Affairs or through the Private Tour Operators (PTOs). The annual Haj quota allocated to India by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is divided between the HCoI and PTOs. During Haj 2017, out of the total quota of 1,70,025 pilgrims, 1,25,025 seats were allocated for Haj Committee of India and 45,000 seats for Private Tour Operators.
After Hajj 2002, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made it mandatory for the PTOs to come through their respective Governments. Therefore, from the year 2002, the Government of India evolved a system under which private operators/ travel agents were registered as PTOs and following the registration were allocated quotas from the overall number of seats specified for PTOs.
Till the year 2012, the PTO Policy was formulated annually. However, in the year 2013, a five year PTO Policy for Haj 2013-17 was approved by Hon`ble Supreme Court of India. This Policy remained valid till Haj 2017. In terms of the Supreme Court directions regarding Haj Policies for the HCoI and PTOs, it was decided to review the existing Policies and frame a new Policy. Accordingly, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India had constituted a Committee of eminent people and senior officials to review the existing Haj Policy of the Government for 2013-17 and to suggest framework for new Haj policy 2018-22. The Policy for Private Tour Operators for Haj for next five years is under consideration of the Government and will be framed in the light of the recommendations of the Committee and the suggestions received from various stakeholders. The new Policy is likely to be implemented from Haj 2019 onwards.