July 29, 2009 : An official spokesman informed that the Haj Committee of India has fixed the Foreign Exchange rate of one Saudi Riyal equivalent to Indian Rupees 13.3195 for Haj 1430 (H)-2009 (AD). He said that intending pilgrims of Himachal Pradesh are advised to deposit the balance amount of Foreign Exchange in accordance with accommodation category opted by them and their Foreign Exchange entitlement, towards ‘Advance Foreign Exchange’. He said that the balance total amount for payable by intending pilgrims of Himachal Pradesh, categorywise is Green Rs. 85,113/-, White Rs.75,789/-, Duwar Kudai Rs. 75,789/- and Aziziya Rs. 69,130/-.
He further told that the balance total amount of as applicable to the pilgrims with reference to the Category of Accommodation opted, through core Banking System across various branches of the State of India, having this facility throughout India, to the Haj Committee of India’s current Bank Account No. 30683623887 maintained with the State Bank of India, Mumbai. The pay –in-Slips had already been provided with the Application Forms, he said.
He said that the last dated for remittance of balance Foreign Exchange and Advance Airfare amount to the Haj Committee of India, Mumbai is on or before 31-8-2009.
He said that the intending pilgrims are also advised to deposit their International Passports with the State Haj Committee immediately. It is also intemeted that it will be sole responsibility of every pilgrim to get vaccinated against the swine flue virus before proceeding for Haj.