Give preference to first timers, Haj Committee tells tour operators
The Haj Committee appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested
tour operators to give preference to persons performing Haj for the
The Haj Committee comprises Governor Alavi Mowlana, Deputy Minister
Faizer Musthapha and Azath Salley.
All operators were individually interviewed and allocations of Haj
pilgrim quota was done in keeping with the ratings given by the
committee. Standard charges have been fixed at a maximum of Rs. 325,000
Those needing to avail of special arrangements could do so under
written agreement with tour operators, which would have to be approved
by the Haj committee.
Salley who met the head of Muttawiff Shiek Adnaan M. Khathib in Meeca
and told him to allocate one Muallim (Muttawiff Nadeel. H. Ghazzawi) for
the entire 5,800 pilgrims from Sri Lanka and thus enabling them to be
housed together at both Atafat and Minna.
"This is the first time that we have been able to achieve this feat,"
The Committee has also made arrangements for a special team to
undertake the pilgrimage.