Odisha, Bhubaneswar State Haj Committee is receiving Haj application forms from Haj Intended pilgrims from 6th February, 2013. State Haj committee, Cuttack has stated that submission of forms will , from February 6 will continue till March 20,2013.
Haj application forms can be downloaded from the Haj Committee of India website. Interested applicants for Haj need to deposit their application forms in the Haj committee office along with photocopy of their passports and a bank deposit of Rs 300/- as registration fee. This year Centre has decided to allow Haj pilgrims to travel to Mecca at government subsidy through the Haj Committee of India (HCOI) only once in a lifetime as against the earlier policy of once in five years. Application forms can be downloaded from the website of HCOI - http://www.hajcommittee.com/
Muslims, who are 70 years or above would be eligible for selection along with an attendant. This year Odisha has a quota of sending 628 people. The Haj seats quota may increase depending on availability of quota at the Haj committee of India. Last year only 795 people went for Haj pilgrimage from Odisha. Last year total 915 applications were received for Haj in Orissa / Odisha.