The Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Ministry has admitted before a senate panel today that the Hajj Package this year would cost the pilgrims Rs.115,000 more, as per the reports of local media.
The secretary has informed that the Standing Committee on the Religious Affairs said that the depreciation of the rupee and the hike in the airfare have urged the government to increase the Hajj package price.
At the meeting start, the chairman of the panel Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri expressed displeasure over the absence of the Federal Minister for the Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri.
The secretary said that nearly 179,000 people would be able to go on the holy journey to Saudi Arabia this year.
He also said that the Hajj package this year has seen a surge of Rs.115,000 as the package of the North region would be costing Rs.550,000 while that of the South region costs Rs.545,000.
The federal minister had previously said that the dismal situation regarding the currency devaluation does not permit further subsidy on Hajj.
He also said that more taxes have been implied on the holy journey by the Kingdom that might make Hajj more costlier this time onward. The minister said that he and his team were working together with efficiency for drafting a Hajj policy for this year.