0.245m Hajj applications received under govt scheme

Islamabad—Over 245,000 Hajj applications have been received so far by the countrywide branches of the designated banks, said an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Sunday.
Talking to APP, he said the branches designated scheduled banks would remained open on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate the collection of Hajj application forms under Government Hajj Scheme 2016. The hajj applications will be received till April, 26. The successful hujjaj will be chosen through transparent balloting on April 29.
This year 143,368 Pakistanis will perform Hajj including 86,021 under government scheme while 57,347 persons will perform the religious obligation under private scheme. The pilgrims aspiring to travel from southern region will have to pay Rs 261,941 and those who want to travel from Northern region will have to pay Rs 270,941.
Pilgrims intending to offer sacrifice will have to pay Rs 13,340 additional. The ministry has decreased the hardship cases quota from five to three percent in Hajj Policy 2016 aiming to accommodate maximum pilgrims in the balloting.
Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) have been directed to deposit five percent of each private package as performance guarantee for ensuring the provision of agreed facilities to private Hujjaj.
The Government Scheme Hajj applicants must have international machine readable passport having validity up to March 10, 2017 to avoid inconvenience. Takaful Fund has been established in Saudi Arabia for the protection of the Hujjaj. Substantial compensation would be paid to each haji in case of death, injury or disability.—APP

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