ECC approves Hajj Policy for 2023


ISLAMABAD, MAR 06 (DNA) — The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved the Hajj Policy for 2023. The ECC gave its approval in its meeting held in Islamabad Monday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

According to a press statement issued after the meeting, Ministry of Religious affairs and Interfaith Harmony submitted a summary on Hajj Policy-2023. The ECC after discussion approved Hajj-2023 policy and agreed to provide foreign exchange cover of USD 90 million.

As per policy Hajj quota allocated to Pakistan for the year 2023 is 179,210, which shall be distributed between the Government and Private Hajj Schemes at a ratio of 50:50. Out of the Government and Private Hajj Schemes, a quota of 50% each shall be reserved for sponsorship scheme. For the year 2023, tentative Hajj Package for Northern region is PKR 1,175,000/- and for the South Region is PKR 1,165,000/-.

The ECC also approved Technical Supplementary Grant of RS. 12 billion in favour of Planning Commission for conduct of 7th Population & Housing Census and Rs. 3,244 Million in favour of Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety for National Poverty Graduation Programme (NPGP).

The ECC deferred a summary presented by Ministry of National Food Security & Research on Urea Fertilizer requirement for year 2023 with direction to incorporate the recommendations of Committee framed by ECC on gas distribution plan headed by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The ECC also deferred another summary submitted by Ministry of Industries and Production on Solar Panel & Allied Equipment Manufacturing Policy-2023 with direction to review and revise the proposed policy considering inputs from all stakeholders.

Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Federal Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Minister of State for Petroleum Mr. Musadik Masood Malik, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi MNA/Ex-PM, SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Mr. Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Federal Secretaries and other senior officers attended the meeting. — DNA