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Religious Affairs Ministry Teases Huge Subsidies Via Government Hajj Program

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the government might lower the cost of the Hajj.

Dr. Attar Rehman, the Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, claims that initiatives are being made to give the pilgrims a relief payment of between Rs. 45,000 and Rs. 50,000.

He said that talks with the Saudi authorities to lower the cost of the Hajj package are still underway.

The intention is to reduce the price of the Hajj package for the northern region from Rs. 11,75,000 to Rs. 11,30,000, while the package for the southern region may drop from Rs. 11,65,000 to Rs. 11,20,000.

Hajj Expense Breakdown for 2023

This year, the annual Hajj journey has become significantly more expensive, making it difficult for many Pakistani pilgrims to fulfil their religious obligations.

The official Hajj fee has increased by Rs. 350,000 thanks to the Religious Affairs Ministry, bringing it to Rs. 11,75,000, a huge increase from Rs. 826,000 last year.

The cost of animal sacrifices must be covered separately by pilgrims in addition to the greater package price. The required Hajj expenses rose from Rs. 300,000 to Rs. 356,000 this year. Also, while the cost of the airfare increased from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 250,000, the cost of the visa increased from Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 22,275.

 

The cost for 38 days of pilgrims’ food and drink has risen above Rs. 100,000, a sharp increase from Rs. 53,440 the previous year. Rental prices have increased by about Rs. 82,000 in Makkah and by about Rs. 41,000 in Madinah, respectively. The price of transportation has also gone up from Rs. 61,000 to Rs. 112,000.

The Hajj package also includes additional payments, such as Rs. 43,882 for rail travel and Rs. 1,100 for Zam Zam water charges, which were formerly Rs. 721. Additionally, a further Rs 12,000 is being charged for necessary supplies like medicines and immunisations.

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