The increase in India's annual Haj quota by Saudi Arabia has benefitted all states as their quota for this year has also increased significantly. The Haj quota for the states was released on March 9 and the process for selection of pilgrims through draw of lots will start from March 14.
"The Haj quota for Gujarat, which was 7,044 in 2016, has increased to 10,877. Uttar Pradesh's quota has increased from 21,828 to 29,017; Haryana 1,011 to 1,343; Jammu and Kashmir 6,359 to 7,960; Karnataka 4,477 to 5,951," Union Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
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A total of 9,780 pilgrims will be able to go to Haj from Maharashtra compared to 7,357 last year. Tamil Nadu's quota has increased from 2,399 to 3,189; West Bengal 8,905 to 9,940; Telangana 2,532 to 3,367; Rajasthan 3,525 to 4,686; Madhya Pradesh 2,708 to 3,599; Delhi 1,224 to 1,628; Andhra Pradesh 2,052 to 2,728; and Jharkhand 2,719 to 3,306.
Most applications were received from Kerala, followed by Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP, J&K, MP, Karnataka and Telangana. Saudi Arabia has increased the annual Haj quota of India by 34,005 this January.