No reserved quota for parliamentarians in Govt Hajj Scheme: Ministry

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—No quota had been reserved for Parliamentarians including senators, members of national as well as provincial assemblies in the Government Hajj Scheme this year on the directives of Prime Minister, said an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
Talking to media, he said only three percent of the total Government Scheme Hajj quota of 71,684 which is 2,150 would be distributed among broken families, newly born infant cases and applicants belonging to far flung areas on equitable basis.
Elaborating the category of hardship quota, he said the employees of corporate entities, public sector organizations, labour/low paid employees are adjusted in the hardship cases, Hardship/broken families including a child or newly born infant, whose parents are going for Hajj and intend to carry their children with them.
Meanwhile, as per Hajj policy, 500 seats from out of 2,150 hardship quota has been reserved for low paid employees/laborers of public sector/corporate organisations, companies registered with EOBI and Workers Welfare Fund, sponsored by their respective organisations.
The deserving persons would be adjusted in the hardship quota after thorough scrutiny and on the recommendation of a special committee.
The Ministry has already decreased the hardship cases quota from five to three percent in Hajj Policy 2016, aiming to accommodate maximum pilgrims in the balloting. According to an official of the ministry, 143,368 people will perform Hajj this year including 71,684 through Government Scheme.
The unsuccessful applicants of Government Hajj Scheme should avoid approaching the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony for inclusion of their names in the scheme on Parliamentarians’ quota as the ministry had already allocated its available quota of 69,534 to the applicants in a transparent balloting. A committee has already been constituted to allot the remaining 2,150 hardship quota among the genuine cases on merit.
Responding to a question, he said each successful Haji of Government Scheme will pay Rs 500 as Hajj Mohafiz Scheme. The compensation to heirs of deceased or injured Haji has been increased significantly.
According to Hajj Mohafiz Scheme, in case of natural death, the legal family of the deceased Haji will be paid Rs 500,000 as compensation, in case of permanent loss of limb, the legal heirs will be paid Rs 100,000, and Rs 200,000 will be paid in case of the loss of more than one limb in Saudia during Hajj.

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