Se­nate di­rects min­istry to high­light MPs Hajj quota abol­ish­ment

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Re­li­gious Affairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Tues­day ap­pre­ci­ated the abol­ish­ment of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans quota in Gov­ern­ment Hajj Scheme and di­rected the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Affairs (MoRA) to high­light the quota abol­ish­ing de­ci­sion in more ef­fec­tive way. Chair­ing the meet­ing, Hafiz Ham­dul­lah said the ban on par­lia­men­tar­i­ans’ quota must con­tinue, as par­lia­men­tar­i­ans can­not ac­com­mo­date ev­ery ap­proach­ing per­son.

Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Affairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf said the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans’ quota had been abol­ished in 2009 by the then cab­i­net. He said this year 280,000 ap­plied for gov­ern­ment scheme Hajj against the quota of only 71,000. As many as 210,000 peo­ple were failed to win berth in gov­ern­ment scheme. It is im­pos­si­ble to ad­just such a huge num­ber of peo­ple in any quota.

He said the Min­istry has also de­creased hard­ship quota from five to three per­cent aim­ing to ac­com­mo­date more hu­j­jaj un­der the gov­ern­ment scheme. The main aim of hard­ship quota was to ac­com­mo­date bro­ken fam­i­lies, labours and low in­come peo­ples.

Min­is­ter of State for Re­li­gious Affairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Pir Amin-ul-Has­nat Shah said Hajj Group Or­gan­is­ers (HGOs) were earn­ing bil­lions sans any check. They of­ten refuse to com­ply with the or­ders of the Min­istry in­clud­ing the sub­mis­sion of min­i­mum Hajj pack­age. Chair­man Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Re­li­gious Affairs Hafiz Ham­dul­lah di­rected the Evac­uee Trust Prop­erty Board (ETPB) to spend in­come gen­er­ated from prop­erty of mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity to their wel­fare only.

He said the com­mit­tee would hold a meet­ing in La­hore and visit sa­cred places for mi­nori­ties. The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended to give le­gal cover to Ruet-e-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee. The draft law should be shared with the stand­ing com­mit­tee on re­li­gious affairs for fine tun­ing and fur­ther im­prove­ment be­fore tabling in Na­tional Assem­bly for leg­is­la­tion.

The com­mit­tee ob­served that many in­cum­bent mem­bers of RueteHi­lal Com­mit­tee do not meet the cri­te­ria of an Alim. The Com­mit­tee also rec­om­mended fix­ing ten­ure of chair­man and cri­te­ria for ap­point­ment of the mem­bers of Ruet-e-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee.

Briefing the com­mit­tee Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Min­istry Noor Slam Shah said the Min­istry had pre­pared a draft law re­gard­ing con­sti­tu­tion of Ruet-e-Hi­lal com­mit­tee in 2014. Law Min­istry ad­vised that the Min­istry can­not con­sti­tute Ruet e Hi­lal com­mit­tee on across coun­try level af­ter the en­act­ment of 18th amend­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Law Min­istry only rem­edy is that the Provin­cial As­sem­blies should pass a res­o­lu­tion in favour of con­sti­tut­ing cen­tral Ruet-e-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee, be­fore con­sti­tut­ing the cen­tral Ruete-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee.

Hafiz Ham­dul­lah rec­om­mended to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee headed by Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Affairs. The mem­bers are in­cluded State Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Affairs, chair­men of stand­ing com­mit­tees of Se­nate and Na­tional Assem­bly and Sec­re­tary Re­li­gious Min­istry. the com­mit­tee should visit four provin­cial cap­i­tals and apprise the Chief Min­is­ters to ex­pe­dite pre­sent­ing a res­o­lu­tion for con­sti­tut­ing Cen­tral Ruet-e-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee.

Briefing the com­mit­tee Chair­man Evac­uee Trust Prop­erty Board (ETPB) Sid­dique-ul-Fa­rooq said the in­come of ETPB has de­creased by Rs 130 mil­lion due to de­crease in in­ter­est rate. Sid­diqueul-Fa­rooq said Thar De­vel­op­ment Author­ity should be con­sti­tuted for re­solv­ing the is­sues of Thar pop­u­la­tion.

Fem­ine was not the sole rea­son of killings of chil­dren in Thar. 300 ad­di­tional res­i­den­tial rooms would be con­structed in Nankana Sahib to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties to vis­it­ing Ya­trees.—APP

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