The designated branches of thirteen scheduled banks would start receiving Government Scheme Hajj applications from Monday to choose 120,000 successful pilgrims out of a total of 179,210 Pakistani pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj 2018.
According to new Hajj Policy announced last month, the Hajj applications would be received till January 24 and balloting would be conducted on January 26. As many as 59,210 would perform the Hajj through Private Hajj Scheme.
The government has retained Rs. 280,000 and Rs. 270,000 hajj package charges for the interested pilgrims of North and South zones of the country respectively.
The ministry has asked the intending pilgrims to contact Hajj Inquiry number 051-9205696 for answering the Hajj related queries. The successful pilgrims would be selected on the basis of groups. The main aim of making groups is to impart hajj training, air traveling, residence in Makkah and Medina, Maktab and perform Hajj rituals jointly.
A group should be consists of a maximum of 14 members. Family members and close relatives could make their own groups to avoid any problem. However in case of single application, an individual would be considered a group. The time of departure, sect, bank branch and application number of group leader and whole group should be the same. The name of deputy group leader must be mentioned in the application.
The applicant must get hard copy of their Hajj applications, bearing signature of bank officer. Wrong particulars play vital role in rejection of the application.
The Mehrams of women should be from the same group from which the women had applied. Hajj Application would be received by Habib Banks Limited; United Bank Limited; National Bank of Pakistan; Muslim Commercial Bank ; Allied Bank Limited; Agriculture Development Bank Limited; Bank of Punjab; Bank Alfalah; Meezan Bank; Habib Metropolitan Bank; Dubai Islamic Bank Limited; Faisal Bank Limited and Askari Bank Limited.
The pilgrims must write the mobile number and complete address of self or of close relative to enable the ministry to inform him through SMS, phone call or through writing a letter.
Intending pilgrims should possess Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). The validity of the Machine Readable Passports of intending pilgrims should be up to March 1, 2019.
The applicants of over 80 years age, should include the name of their assistant in the group and avoid increasing the number of their group from two. Assistant should be blood relative of the application and his age must not be over 50 years. Assistant should have good health.
Meanwhile, the intending pilgrims would have to deposit Rs. 13,050 additional for sacrifice. A quota of 10,000 has been allocated for the applicants of over 80 years of age. If the number of applicants exceeds 10,000 mark, the successful would be selected through balloting, the applicants who remained unsuccessful in last consecutive three years would be selected through normal balloting.
A total of 10,000 of such persons would be selected through a separate balloting.
The successful pilgrims could also see the status of their application on ministry’s website, www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org.
He said a person having performed Hajj through Government Scheme has been declared non-eligible for applying for Hajj only exception is Mehram accompanying a women for Hajj.
Accompanying a Mehram has been made mandatory for each Haji women. However over 45 year old women of Fiqia e Jafria would be exempted from the condition.
A two percent quota (2400) has been reserved for hardship cases. Out of which 500 seats would be allocated to low income, labors whose institution has been registered with workers welfare board.
He said Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) would be allotted quota through transparent mechanism. HGOs would have to deposit five percent of their package amount to ministry as security deposit which is returnable after Hajj.