The Religious Affairs Ministry could return a cumulative sum Rs12 billion to tens of lots of Pakistani pilgrims, who performed Hajj this 12 months via the government backed scheme, Religious Affairs Minister Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood said on Thursday.
Addressing a press convention on the government’s Hajj preparations in Saudi Arabia, the minister stated that due to powerful fee-saving measures, the pilgrims have been set to get hold of a partial refund in their Hajj costs of their respective financial institution accounts subsequent week.
The press convention came every week before the end result of the authorities Hajj operation, which ends on subsequent Wednesday with the arrival of the ultimate return Hajj flight. This year, greater than a hundred and sixty,000 Pakistanis accomplished Hajj, he said, adding Pakistan got the quota of 179,210 pilgrims for subsequent 12 months.
The minister stated every pilgrim could get the refund of Rs97,000. He brought that 22,six hundred pilgrims couldn’t get a place in Mina or avail the educate facility. “They will be refunded an extra quantity of Rs 21,000 per man or woman,” he stated.Similarly, 18,000 pilgrims, living out of doors Markazia in Madina could be refunded an extra quantity of Rs14,000 in step with man or woman,” the minister persevered.
“This is the pilgrims’ very own cash which is being returned to them,” he disclosed.
“Those who faced difficulties in securing lodges in Madina might be refunded Rs111,000, people who couldn’t use the Mashair Train to be reimbursed Rs118,000, and the pilgrims who needed to stay a long way from the critical locations in Madina will receive Rs.132,000 as reimbursement,” he stated.
Explaining the reasons, the minister said that many buildings in Markazia had been demolished through the Saudi authorities, which which include the 2 buildings of the Pakistan House. Because of that “we had to get residential homes away” from Markazia, he introduced.
However, the minister careworn that seventy eight% of the pilgrims have been accommodated in near proximity to the holy web sites in Madina, sixty three% of the pilgrims were furnished with the convenience of the Mashair Train to tour to Mina, at the same time as 47% loved their stay in old Mina.
“This year, the quantity of Hajj package changed into Rs1.One hundred sixty five million for the southern place and Rs1.One hundred seventy five million for the northern region. “We already have refunded Rs55,000 in line with man or woman [Rs4.5 billion] to the government scheme pilgrims. We will return every penny to the pilgrims.”
He reiterated the government’s dedication to the welfare of the pilgrims. He said that a total of approximately Rs16.Five billion changed into being allotted for reimbursements to the pilgrims under the authorities’s Hajj package.
The minister said that the government desired the subsequent yr’s Hajj cost less and that the pilgrims confronted no trouble. The Hajj expenditure multiplied because pf the increase in the cost of the dollar towards the rupee. Despite this, we have made the most inexpensive Hajj by making amazing efforts.”
In response to a question, Mahmood stated that he became deeply disappointed with the non-public Hajj operators, who took Rs2.5 million from each pilgrim however did now not offer them the promised services inside the holy land. “We have determined to straight away listen the lawsuits.”