Govt to refund saved money to pilgrims: Qadri

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri Monday said the government has decided to return hefty amount back to Government Hajj Scheme pilgrims, which have been saved from their packages.

Talking to media, he said the amount has been saved from accommodation, catering, transport and other charges by ensuring judicious utilisation of pilgrims’ money.

He said he has directed the relevant department to calculate the exact saved amount, so that it could be refunded to the pilgrims as soon as possible.

Responding to a question, he said the hefty amount has been saved despite appreciation in dollar and Riyal price as comparing to rupee.

According to Hajj Policy 2019, the Government Scheme Hajj package was Rs436,000 for Northern Region and Rs 426,000 for Southern Region. A sum of 19,451 was fixed for Qurbani which was optional for pilgrims to pay.