Palaniswami writes to Modi on Haj pilgrims

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confirm all the 6,028 applications recommended by the State Hajj Committee for undertaking Hajj pilgrimage this year based on the vacancies available in other States.

In a letter to Modi, a copy of which was released to the media here, the Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to instruct the Minority Affairs Ministry to confirm all the applications.

He said the Tamilnadu State Hajj Committee has received 6,028 applications for Hajj 2020, including seven infants, against a quota of 3,736 allotted to the State by the Hajj Committee of India. The remaining pilgrims were hopeful that all their Hajj applications will get confirmed for Hajj 2020. Palaniswami said a good number of vacancies are expected to be available since many States have not utilised their full quota due to many reasons, including cancellations.

”I request you to instruct the Ministry of Minority Affairs to confirm all the 6,028 Hajj applications recommended by the Tamilnadu State Hajj Committee for Hajj 2020,” he added.

Event to honour EPS

Farmers associations have announced that a felicitation function will be held at Tiruvarur on 7 March to honour Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for announcing Cauvery delta as protected special agricultural zone.