Govt Finally Approves Hajj Policy 2022

The Federal Cabinet approved Hajj Policy 2022 through circulation, setting a tentative Hajj cost of Rs. 0.9 million.

According to the Hajj Policy 2022, a tentative amount of Rs. 850,000 has been estimated as the Hajj cost that will be collected from Hujjaj using the Government Hajj Scheme, as per a source.

The additional Rs. 50,000 in token money received from the Hujjaj at the time of application submission will also be included in the cost, according to the policy. The difference in amount will be adjusted according to KSA’s actual expenditures.

The Federal Cabinet has approved Hajj Policy 2022, which was presented to the Federal Cabinet by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony (MoRA&IH). Pakistan has been allocated 81,132 Hajj quotas for 2022. This will be split 40:60 between government and private Hajj schemes, resulting in 32,453 and 48,679 pilgrims, respectively.

According to the policy, 1,000 seats under the government scheme will be reserved for hardship cases, and 200 seats will be reserved for labor/low-paid employees of companies registered with the EOBI and the Workers Welfare Fund. Separate balloting will be used to make the decision. According to the source, there will be no provision in the policy for free Hajj.

On May 15, 2022, computerized balloting was used to select pilgrims for the Government Hajj Scheme. The KSA Taleemat (instructions) for the Hajj Operation 2022 must be followed ( Like age limit, vaccination, PCR test, etc.).

Only those who have not performed Hajj under the Government scheme for the last five Hajjs, i.e. since Hajj 2015, would be eligible for Hajj 2022, including Hajj-e-Badal/Nafal Hajj. Mehram repeaters (Males) who have performed Hajj within the last five years (2015 to 2019) are eligible if they apply with their family females who have not performed Hajj in the last five years.

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