A Senate panel was informed by the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri that the Hajj scheme package of the government has been further reduced by Rs10,000 for each pilgrim this year.
The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony chaired by Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri were briefed regarding this.
Qadri said that the government scheme Hajj package will now cost Rs480,000 for pilgrims in the northern region, and Rs470,000 for those in the southern region.
Furthermore, he said that 60% of the pilgrims will perform Hajj under the government scheme while 40% will perform under the private scheme. Around 179,210 Pakistanis will perform hajj this year.
300 Riyal visa fees have been imposed by the Saudi government while 110 Riyal insurance fees are imposed on each pilgrim. The ministry was directed by the committee to request the Saudi government to reduce the fees.
As per Qadri, the Rapid Response Committee and the Joint Core Committee is constituted to monitor the Hajj arrangements in Saudi Arabia during Hajj days.
He said, “For the first time 1,000 seats have been reserved for expatriate Pakistanis.”
Raja Zafarul Haq, Brig Kenneth John Williams, Kamran Michael, Keshoo Bai, Abid Muhammad Azeem, Fida Muhammad, and the ministry official attended the meeting.
In an earlier article, we informed our readers that the federal cabinet gave approval to the Hajj policy 2020 under which the Hajj under the government scheme would be costing Rs.490,000 to each pilgrim with a 7.35 percent surge in comparison to the cost of Hajj in 2019.