The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony was informed that the Government Scheme Hajj 2020 package will most likely increase in by Rs.63,000.
The committee members tried to keep the Hajj package at a minimum level and to provide as many facilities as they can to the pilgrims.
It also encouraged the Saudi Arabian authorities to lower taxes; this would help to reduce the package.
Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed, secretary Religious affairs and Dawood Additional secretary told the committee that uncertain Hajj package will be Rs.489, 575 next year which was Rs.436,975 in 2019.
Both Pakistan and Saudi Arabian joint response committee has been constituted to solve this issue.
The committee also discussed to reduce the rate of tents from 200 riyals each day. In respect to the accidental insurance, each pilgrim will be charged next year with one hundred and ten Saudi Arabian riyals while at present only 500 rupees are being paid for this insurance.
In 2019, there were a lot of complaints from the pilgrims regarding lost luggage, food, accommodation issues which in 2020, will most likely improve.
Most of the companies were blacklisted after those complaints. And many of the pilgrims who were offered accommodation at relatively less costly places were given a refund.
Rs.5.53 billion, which means on average Rs.37,227 each pilgrim had been refunded according to the ministry officials.
As per the latest development, HEC has extended the date for the submission of the applications under the Ehsaas undergraduate program until December 24.