Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda has called upon Haj pilgrims, who on Monday left for the pilgrimage, to offer prayers for the welfare of the country.

Munda said "prayers do have effectiveness" and evidenced how he had recovered from the May 9 helicopter accident and "have come to see you off" at the Birsa Munda Airport here.

Stating that there has been increase in pilgrims every year, he said the Haj Committee was committed to providing maximum facilities and assured early setting up of Haj House, "probably by next year."

Also present during the sending off the first batch of the pilgrims, Welfare Minister and Chairman of the state Haj Committee, Haji Hussain Ansari said altogether 122 men and 110 women pilgrims left for the annual pilgrimage.


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