Hajj expenses are likely to increase under the government scheme by fifty-five thousand rupees owing to many reasons which include the rise in overall prices and inflation in the rupee depreciation against the dollar.
For the Hajj 2018, the government package was of Rs 270,000, which is expected to increase and go somewhere in between Rs 340,000 to Rs 350,000 for the Hajj 2019, as cited by an official of the Associated Press of Pakistan.
The source also informed that the ministry had already asked the Saudi authorities for increasing the Hajj quota for Pakistanis from 20,000 to 30,000.
In the meantime, the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony—Noorul Haq Qadri on Tuesday said that the government was planning to present a 5-year Hajj policy this year to assist in overcoming the problems of delay in implementation.
He informed that the ministry has got the plans of hiring buildings for 3 years if the rules of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority permitted. He said that it is his plan that he would make the Hajj 2019 the best ever.
The minister has already asked the ministry officials to compare Pakistan’s Hajj package with that of other countries like India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal and to adopt the positives of their Hajj policies.
He asked the Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs) to make sure that excellent services are provided to their customers. And told them to properly address all the concerns and complaints of the Hujjaj.
Noorul Haq Qadri also informed that efforts are being made so that the immigration of the Pakistani Hajj pilgrims is made in the homeland in order to save their time in the Kingdom.