The religious affairs minister and the secretary had developed a strong difference over the allocation of additional Hajj quota to the operators. The sources said that the PTI government has allocated the entire additional Hajj quota to the old Hajj tour operators, ignoring the non-quota holders as well as the recommendation of the Hajj Policy Formulation Committee.
The secretary had proposed the cabinet to allocate the additional quota of 6,316 out of 15,790 Hujjaj under the private scheme to the enrolled non-quota holder companies on merit in line with the recommendation of the Hajj Policy Formulation Committee. The proposal was also in line with the earlier decision of the cabinet taken on January 31, 2019. However, the religious affairs minister opposed the proposal.
Sources added that the cabinet had approved the Hajj Policy and Plan 2019 in its meeting on January 31, 2019. According to the approved Hajj policy, of the total country’s Hajj quota of 179,210, 60 per cent or 107,526 was allocated to the government Hajj scheme, while 40 per cent or 71,684 to the private Hajj scheme – Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).
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17 July, 2019