No re­served quota for par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in Govt Hajj Scheme: Min­istry

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:30 01:30 05:30 08:30 Fig­u­ra­tive draw­ing STAFF RE­PORTER

The Na­tional Art Gallery (NAG) will or­ga­nize a work­shop on Fig­u­ra­tive and Con­cep­tual Draw­ing on May 16. An em­i­nent vis­ual artist Aleem Dad Khan will con­duct the three-day work­shop. Cer­tifi­cates would also be awarded to the par­tic­i­pants show­ing 90 per cent at­ten­dance, he added. ISLAMABAD—No quota had been re­served for Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in­clud­ing sen­a­tors, mem­bers of na­tional as well as pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies in the Govern­ment Hajj Scheme this year on the di­rec­tives of Prime Min­is­ter, said an of­fi­cial of Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony.

Talk­ing to media, he said only three per­cent of the to­tal Govern­ment Scheme Hajj quota of 71,684 which is 2,150 would be dis­trib­uted among bro­ken fam­i­lies, newly born in­fant cases and ap­pli­cants be­long­ing to far flung ar­eas on eq­ui­table ba­sis.

Elab­o­rat­ing the cat­e­gory of hard­ship quota, he said the em­ploy­ees of cor­po­rate en­ti­ties, public sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions, labour/low paid em­ploy­ees are ad­justed in the hard­ship cases, Hard­ship/bro­ken fam­i­lies in­clud­ing a child or newly born in­fant, whose par­ents are go­ing for Hajj and in­tend to carry their chil­dren with them.

Mean­while, as per Hajj pol­icy, 500 seats from out of 2,150 hard­ship quota has been re­served for low paid em­ploy­ees/la­bor­ers of public sec­tor/cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­pa­nies reg­is­tered with EOBI and Work­ers Wel­fare Fund, spon­sored by their re­spec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The de­serv­ing per­sons would be ad­justed in the hard­ship quota af­ter thor­ough scru­tiny and on the rec­om­men­da­tion of a spe­cial com­mit­tee.

The Min­istry has al­ready de­creased the hard­ship cases quota from five to three per­cent in Hajj Pol­icy 2016, aim­ing to ac­com­mo­date max­i­mum pil­grims in the bal­lot­ing. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial of the min­istry, 143,368 peo­ple will per­form Hajj this year in­clud­ing 71,684 through Govern­ment Scheme.

The un­suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants of Govern­ment Hajj Scheme should avoid ap­proach­ing the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony for in­clu­sion of their names in the scheme on Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans’ quota as the min­istry had al­ready al­lo­cated its avail­able quota of 69,534 to the ap­pli­cants in a trans­par­ent bal­lot­ing. A com­mit­tee has al­ready been con­sti­tuted to al­lot the re­main­ing 2,150 hard­ship quota among the gen­uine cases on merit.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, he said each suc­cess­ful Haji of Govern­ment Scheme will pay Rs 500 as Hajj Mo­hafiz Scheme. The com­pen­sa­tion to heirs of de­ceased or in­jured Haji has been in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly.

Ac­cord­ing to Hajj Mo­hafiz Scheme, in case of nat­u­ral death, the le­gal fam­ily of the de­ceased Haji will be paid Rs 500,000 as com­pen­sa­tion, in case of per­ma­nent loss of limb, the le­gal heirs will be paid Rs 100,000, and Rs 200,000 will be paid in case of the loss of more than one limb in Sau­dia dur­ing Hajj.

A view of live elec­tric wires in the green area of Naz­imud­din road need the at­ten­tion of au­thor­i­ties con­cerned.

May 16

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