ISLAMABAD - Over 1,700 new Haj Group Organisers (HGOs) have introduced cheap Haj packages of up to Rs 293,000 per person as compared to last year’s old HGOs packages of over Rs 1 million per pilgrim.

President Action Committee Haj Quota Affectees’ Welfare Association, Mohammad Saeed Khan Sabri Sunday told APP that new HGOs were ready to provide quality services to pilgrims. The ministry must distribute equitable Haj quota among 2,200 new and 740 old HGOs.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has finalised tentative Haj packages, according to which Rs 278,646 has been proposed for government scheme pilgrims going to perform Haj from southern parts of the country against last year’s package of Rs 255,971.

Likewise, Rs 287,646 has been proposed for pilgrims embarking on their Haj journey from northern parts of the country against last year’s package of Rs 264,971.

Haj Mohafiz Fund charges have been proposed to be enhanced from Rs 400 per pilgrim to Rs 600, service charges from Rs 3,500 to Rs 4,000, train charges from Rs 7,250 to Rs 7,375, inter-city charges from Rs 4,350 to Rs 4,425, additional service charges from Rs 14,500 to Rs 14,750, compulsory Haj dues from Rs 31,871 to Rs 32,421, Madinah accommodation charges from Rs 17,400 to Rs 22,125 and Makkah Mukarrama accommodation charges from Rs 87,000 to Rs 103,250.

According to tentative Haj package pilgrims of 70 years or more should have an attendant aged less than 51 years. The ministry is making efforts to deposit collection of Haj dues in the Islamic instruments in designated banks.

The quota including hardship, labour, UAE and SDF may be discontinued to facilitate maximum number of Hujjaj without discrimination. The compensation amount to injured pilgrims (during Haj) is also being enhanced from Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000 and from Rs 100,000 to Rs200,000 in loss of one or two limbs respectively.

HAJ APPLICATIONS TO BE

RECEIVED IN END OF APRIL

Haj applications will be received in the last of April and people intended to perform Haj should have a passport valid till March 31, 2017.

Pakistan Haj and Umrah sources told APP on Sunday, that Haj applications will not be submitted without an original passport or the receipt of application given for getting new passport.

NADRA computerised ID card was a basic requirement for getting passport and people who wanted to perform Haj should start passport making process.

The sources said with the grace of Almighty Allah this year 143,368 people from Pakistan would perform Haj, adding that half would perform Haj under govt scheme and half through private scheme.