1. Constitution of the Committee:

           The Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee was originally established in 1958 by the Government.  The Hon’ble Minister who was incharge of Wakfs was the Chairman and a Muslim official was the Ex-officio Secretary of the Hajj Committee.  After the passing of Haj Committee Act, 2002, by Government of India, the Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee is constituted by State Government every three years under Section (18)(1) of the Act to look after the welfare of the Hajj pilgrims and also for making necessary arrangements  for successful Hajj pilgrimage.

           2. The present Committee was reconstituted for three year term in G.O.Ms.No.117, Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department, dated 31-12-2009, and notified in the Government Gazette.  The Committee consists of 16 members including an Executive officer of the Committee who is also an ex-officio member.  The newly reconstituted Committee elected Thiru. (Haji) Aboobucker as the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee.  The Government also notified the appointment of the Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee in Tamil Nadu Government Gazette dated 28-1-2010. 

2. Functions of the State Hajj Committee:

           The main functions of the Committee are as follows:

(i)          Receipt of applications and selection of applicants for Hajj pilgrimage from Tamil Nadu, by draw of lots using computer software when the number of applications is more than the quota.

(ii)        Issue necessary instructions to the applicants regarding payment of passage fare and other dues to the Haj Committee of India, Mumbai.

(iii)     Deputation of representatives in the Building Selection Team to assist Consulate General of India to select suitable buildings every year.

(iv)       Deputation of Hajj volunteers every year to look after the welfare of the Hajis from Tamil Nadu when they are in Saudi Arabia.

(v)         Liaise with the Regional Passport Offices for obtaining (Hajj) passports for the intending Hajj pilgrims, if necessary.

(vi)       Printing and supply of Hajj Guide Books in Tamil, English and Urdu and hand book on ‘Hajj and Umrah’ free of cost in Tamil language every year to Hajj pilgrims.

(vii)    Coordinate the functions relating to various agencies of Government of India, State Government, the Haj Committee of India, Mumbai etc, and other agencies such as Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air India, Airports Authority of India, Immigration, Customs, BCAS, etc., and other voluntary organisations for smooth, hassle free and successful arrangements for Hajj flight operations, etc.

(viii)  Provide supporting arrangements for operation of direct Hajj flights from Chennai to Jeddah and back such as transit accommodation, transport from accommodation centres to airport and back, etc.

(ix)      Conduct inoculation camps and orientation programmes at various district/taluk headquarters benefitting the pilgrims.

(x)        Coordinate with health authorities for screening about Swine flu and issue symptoms free certificate against that disease.

(xi)      Other incidental activities relating to Hajj pilgrimage.

3. Arrangements for Hajj pilgrimage:

           Chennai is notified as one of the embarkation points from 1987 onwards, for Hajj pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands, by which direct Hajj flights were operated from Chennai-Jeddah and back.  Later on, since new embarkation points were notified for operation of flights directly from Hyderabad, Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Calicut (Kozhikode) in Southern States, Chennai is serving as embarkation point for pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands only.

           This Committee undertakes various functions such as calling for applications, issuing of instructions regarding payments to be made to Haj Committee of India, issuing travel documents, providing transit accommodation facility etc., in Chennai with the help of Tamil Nadu Haj Service Society and other voluntary organisations.

           Further, this Committee coordinates other functions such as flight operations, remote check-in counters, immigration and customs, security at transit accommodation centres and at airport, transport facility to Hajj pilgrims for movement to Airport etc.

           The State Hajj Committee functions as per the instructions of the Haj Committee of India and no discretion is allowed in the matter of selection of pilgrims, finalisation of flight schedules, allotment of accommodation etc.