Jeddah: India which is top in terms of Information Technology usage has been proving its edge in Haj where millions of faithful gather according to top Indian diplomat in Saudi Arabia.
Md. Noor Rahman Shiekh, Indian consul general in Jeddah said that India likely to enter quantum leap in Haj operations from next year when Saudi immigration process will be completed itself at embarkation points in India before their arrival into Saudi Arabia. He added that India is one of the three countries in the world who had successfully implemented e-Haj visa where digitalisation starting from entry to exit including movement in Haj is just click away.
Speaking at felicitation program held by Indian mission on Thursday night for NRI members who rendered voluntary services to Indian Haj pilgrims during Haj 2017, he said that Saudi authorities have impressed the volunteer services and effective usage of IT during Haj by India.
“This year we have used whatsapp effectively to reach out pilgrims to receive their grievances”, said Sheikh.
Lauding the role of NRI volunteers who assisted pilgrims not only from India but also from other countries, diplomat said that NRIs from different states most notably from southern part come together as “Team India” to serve pilgrims from all over India which is significant.
The consul general hailed NRI organizations including Telangana NRI association for their outstanding support through deputing contingent of volunteers to assist pilgrims during Haj.
1.7 lakh Haj pilgrims from India through 900 flights arrived in Saudi Arabia and successfully returned to home after completion of Haj, says Haj consul Mohd. Shahid Alam.
He said that none of Indian diplomats including consul general wear tradition suit or attire but wearing simple shirts often t-shirts were served pilgrims day and night irrespective of working hours.
OICC President KT Muneer emphasized that several Hindu and Christian NRIs in Saudi Arabia supported Muslim volunteers to serve Haj pilgrims.
IPWF President Abdulaziz Kidwai, KMCC’s Jamal Vattapoyil, IFF’s Abdul Gaffar, Telangana NRI association President Abdul Jabbar, Vikhaya’s Dilshad, Risala’s Noufal Ahmed also shared their experiences during serving pilgrims and thanked Indian consulate for its support.