Draft Hajj policy to be presented soon

By Adnan Rafique

ISLAMABAD: Draft Hajj Policy of government scheme will most likely be presented in the federal cabinet for approval on February 4, an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony said. He said the package is likely to remain Rs 550,000 however the federal cabinet will finalize the hajj package and air fares.
Efforts were being underway to keep hajj package at minimum level, however the increase in hajj package is inevitable owing to variety of reasons including levy of new taxes, increase in hajj fee, air fare, insurance fee, increase in Maktab, accommodation, transport charges.
Likewise the parity ratio of Riyal-Rupee has also registered increase has significantly contributed in increasing hajj package. He said no suggestion was under consideration right now to decrease or increase quota of hajj group organisers (HGOs). Additional hajj quota if granted by Saudi Arabia, will be awarded to new HGOs.
He said a mobile application (App) has been introduced for facilitating pilgrims.Training of intending pilgrims will be introduced on modern lines including by using 3D will be ensured.Efforts were underway to set up Haji camp at Lahore.
The scrutiny of audit firms was being continued for onward enrolment of newHGOs in compliance with the orders of Islamabad High Court (IHC).