ISLAMABAD: Following are the salient features of the Hajj Policy 2012 unanimously approved by the Federal Cabinet Wednesday.
i. The Hajj quota for 2012 will remain 179,210
ii. Hajj scheme-2012 shall be implemented through Government Scheme and Private Hajj Group Organizer (HGOs) in the ratio of 50:50.
iii. Applications for Hajj-2012 under Government hajj Scheme shall be received on the principle of "First come, First serve"
iv. The applications under government scheme will be invited through designated banks.
v. Intending pilgrims may apply in the group of 10-25 through a group leader.
vi. Any person who has performed Hajj during the last five years will not be eligible to perform Hajj in 2012 except Mehram, Group Leader or the one undertaking Hajj-e-badal.
vii. Under the Government Hajj Scheme, three categories of accommodation
i.e. Blue Category within 900 meters without transport with a rental ceiling of Saudi Riyals(SR) 7,500 per pilgrim, Green Category within 2,000 meters with transport with a rental ceiling of SR 5,000 per pilgrim and White Category beyond 2,000 meters with transport with a rental ceiling of SR 3600 per pilgrim will be arranged by Pakistan Hajj Mission, Jeddah.
viii. The rent in Makkah Mukarramah will be charged on actual basis while in case of Madinah Munawwarah, it will be charged at a flat rate of SR 500 per pilgrim with the variation of 10 percent, if so required.
ix. 5 percent of the total seats under government scheme will be reserved for hardship cases as defined by the Ministry, applicants belonging to far-flung and rural areas of Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan and remote and rural areas of Sindh and Punjab and pilgrims recommended and funded by charitable institutions, Labour and low paid Employees of different public sector organizations and corporate entities under the concept of corporate social responsibility, etc.
x. Hujjaj under government scheme will not be required to pay any amount on account of Personal Exchange Quota (PEQ) and same will be arranged by them from open market through banks or foreign exchange companies.
xi. Hujjaj will be airlifted by four air carriers i.e. PIA, Shaheen Air International, Saudi Airline and NAS air.
xii. Airfare for Hajj-2012 finalized with PIA will be Rs 73,000/- for South region and Rs. 85,000/- for north region.
xiii. For the Welfare services during Hajj-2012, Hajj Medical Mission comprising 540 personnel, 230 Khuddam-ul-Hujjaj and 900 Local Khuddam-ul- Hujjaj in KSA, with variation of 10 percent, will be deputed subject to availability of resources and in case of shortage, it would be met through Volunteers Khaddam-ul-Hajjaj Scheme.
xiv. A comprehensive awareness campaign for education and training of the intending pilgrims will be launched.
xv. Hujjaj Mohafiz Scheme based on the concept of "Takaful" will be continued in Hajj Policy-2012.
xvi. Monitoring and supervision mechanism for hajj operation in Pakistan and KSA shall be strengthened.
xvii. Hajj Policy-2012 shall be valid for three years subject to adjustment to be made by Ministry of Religious Affairs.
xviii. The Policy will be implemented in accordance with the Work Plan and Saudi Taleemat.