The federal government has taken the decision to make the Hajj procedure simple for the elderly people this year and has made the announcement that they do not have to take part in the hajj balloting.
More than 10,000 elderly pilgrims who are above the age of 80 would no more be needed to participate in the annual balloting for Hajj.
Besides this, among the 10,000 Hajj aspirants who have participated in the balloting for the last three years but remained unsuccessful to win would also be send for Hajj this year.
More than 500 labourers would also get a chance of performing Hajj, without the need of taking part in the balloting.
Additionally, at least 87,000 pilgrims would also take part in balloting for Hajj. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has been told to complete all the arrangements for ensuring a peaceful Hajj for all this year.
Previously it has been advised by the Religious Ministry to the general public that they must not deposit Hajj dues in any bank or with any Hajj Group Organiser (HGO) directly or indirectly until the Hajj 2019 policy is announced.
The ministry has warned that in case any Hajj 2019 aspirant does so then he would be responsible for it.
Hajj 2019 policy is expected to be published soon on media and would also be made available on the website www.hajjinfo.org.