Govt launches short message service for Hajj pilgrims

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has directed private Hajj operators to keep at least five percent of their Hajj packages at par with government scheme package.

Radio Pakistan quoted ministry officials as saying that the Hajj quota would only be distributed among the Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) on confirmation of accepting the condition of keeping five percent of their total packages to 456,000 rupees.

The ministry has also updated the monitoring mechanism to regulate private package of HGOs to ensure economy.

In addition, the ministry has launched a short message service to help saving private Hajj pilgrims from fictitious Hajj operators.

The intending private pilgrim should send the first four digits of that particular HGO’s enrollment number from his mobile phone to 8331 to check its legal status, according to the ministry.