Banks would start receiving Hajj applications under the government Hajj scheme from the 25th of February. As per the reports of Radio Pakistan, 14 designated banks would be receiving the applications starting from the 25th of this month to the 6th of the next month.
As per the Hajj policy issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, 1,84,210 Pakistani pilgrims would be performing Hajj this year.
Hajj scheme 2019 would be implemented via Government and private Hajj Group Organizers with a ratio of 60:40.
Hajj dues under the government scheme would be Rs436,975 for the Northern region, which includes Peshawar, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Lahore, Multan, and Sialkot, while Rs426,975 would be received for the Southern region, which includes Sukkur, Karachi, and Quetta.
Rs19,451 would be the Qurbani charges and they would be optional and there shall be no free Hajj this year.
The Hajj pilgrims under the government scheme would be selected through computerized balloting on the 8th of the next month.
This year 10,000 seats are reserved for the senior citizens who are above the age of 80 years.
Another 10,000 seats are reserved for the persons who have remained unsuccessful for 3 consecutive years in the Hajj balloting.
1.5 percent of the total seats would be reserved for the hardship cases.
Previously, the federal cabinet gave approval to the Hajj policy 2019 and rejected the proposal for subsidy that was put forward by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The Hajj expenses have increased 60 percent this year, which has caused great unease among the Hajj aspirants. The expenses have been raised as Hajj subsidy has been withdrawn.
About Hajj subsidy the cabinet meeting took no decision instead it decided to provide maximum facilities to the pilgrims.
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