Hajj 2024: Govt Hajj scheme Fails to Attract Willing Pilgrims as Deadline Closes.
Fewer Pilgrims Apply for Government’s Hajj Scheme
The government’s Hajj scheme has received a lower-than-expected response this year, with only 7,000 pilgrims applying from across the country. This is a significant decrease compared to previous years.
The Sponsorship Scheme, which provides subsidized Hajj packages for certain categories of pilgrims, has also seen a lackluster response, with only 400 applications received to date.
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The application process for the Hajj scheme is currently open and will continue until December 12th.
This year, the government has introduced a new Short Hajj package, which offers a shorter and more expensive alternative to the regular Long Hajj.
The cost of the Short Hajj package is Rs. 1,140,000 for individuals from the southern region and Rs. 1,150,000 for those from the northern areas.
In a progressive move, women are now permitted to perform Hajj without the need for a male mahram (guardian).
This change reflects the government’s commitment to empowering women and promoting gender equality.
Overseas Pakistanis who do not have a bank account can open an Asaan account after arriving in Pakistan. This account will be used for reimbursement purposes in case of any changes to the cost of Hajj.
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The reasons for the low response to the Hajj scheme are unclear, but it is possible that the high cost of pilgrimage, as well as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, may have played a role.
Despite the low response, the government remains committed to facilitating Hajj for Pakistani pilgrims.
Officials are urging interested individuals to apply for the Hajj scheme as soon as possible, as the application deadline is fast approaching.
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