State to approach centre for increase in Haj quota

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Mumbai, Jul 24 (UNI) Maharashtra goverment will approach the central government for increase in the Haj Quota for the state.

State assembly speaker Baba Saheb Kupekar gave this information on a question by Bashir Patel of NCP, who said the state Haj committee has received 33,958 applications out of which only 9,415 were selected and 24,543 rejected.

He said as Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city there are people here from all over India and therefore the quota for the city as well as Maharashtra should be increased.

Patel said several farmers had sold their land in order to go for Haj and now they are mentally disturbed as their Haj applications were rejected.

He urged the state goverment to intervene in the matter and make a request to the central goverment.

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