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Prevention Committee on Religions Affairs gives its recommendation

May 18, 2015 | Misc. | Share:

Islamabad, May 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): On the directions of Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, a Prevention Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) was constituted under the Chairmanship of DG, A and P, NAB, Islamabad.

The Prevention Committee comprised of representatives of Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), Health, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Interior, Cabinet, Tourism, Ministry of Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as members of the Prevention Committee on MORA. In pursuance of Section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, the Prevention Committee on MoRA was given mandate to examine the laws and rules in force relating to the practice and procedures in Ministry of Religious Affairs in order to prevent corruption and corrupt practices.

Today, Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman chaired a meeting in order to review recommendations of Prevention Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs at NAB Headquarters. The representative of Ministry of Religious Affairs was also present in the meeting.

DG A and P, NAB explained the recommendations of Prevention Committee in the areas i.e. allocation of quota for Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs), special arrangements for old age Hajjis, registration of Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) for fairness and transparency, awareness and training of Hajjis, restricting Hajj once in five years, rules of cancellations and refunds, HGOs agreements verification and monitoring, embarkation points, Moavineen and audit of compensation and welfare fund of the Hujjaj.

The first area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations was about allocation of quota for Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs). It was recommended that transparent system be established for verification and registration of Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) with the help of 3rd party.

Categorization of HGOs may be carried out based on their resources, financial health and quality of service and previous performance. Assessment of HGOs may be done by the customers (Hajjis) analyzing their services based on point system (quantification).

Imposition of penalty be considered as per prescribed procedure depending upon the gravity of offence. Transparent system may be adopted for weeding out of inefficient operators and encouraging new entrants so as to ensure competitiveness and fair play. It was observed that Hajj and Umrah Act under preparation at Ministry of Religious Affairs which may be finalized at the earliest.

The second area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about special arrangements for old age hajjis where special arrangements should be made to assist old age hajjis to cater to their needs. In view of the hardships faced by the single 75+ individuals during Hajj, Committee recommended that a companion is a must.

The third area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about registration of Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) for fairness and transparency in the management of Hajjis where comprehensive set of instructions must be formulated for compliance by all HGOs regarding facilities and mandatory work to be under taken by HGOs during Hajj Operations. HGOs must be required to deposit a reasonable amount of performance guarantee failing which the amount may be confiscated and distributed among the affected Hajjis.

The fourth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about Awareness and Training of Hajjis where effective awareness campaign may be launched every year about the Hajj activities for Hajjis, ranging from policy to performance, dos and don’ts, call centre concept, use of SMSs. Print and electronic media may be used in this regard. HGOs involvement in Awareness and Training may also be considered.

The fifth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about hajj once in five years where the Prevention Committee recommended that those who have performed Hajj earlier may not be allowed.

The sixth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about composition of committee which was earlier constituted on the directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan to reinforce and further improvement in the working of the following areas like building hiring Committee, monitoring committee over Hajj Operations being conducted by MORA, monitoring committee to review the performance of seasonal hajj staff and monitoring committee for Mina arrangements.

The seventh area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about rules of cancellations and refunds. It was recommended that cancellations only on the ground of death or serious ailment of the person concerned may be allowed. In case of cancellation on any other ground, specific penalties imposed as per guidelines and amendments thereto by ministry may be continued.

The eighth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about Embarkation/Disembarkation points. It was recommended that the embarkation point must be decided on the basis of choice given by the Hajj. No change of Embarkation Point is permitted. Embarkation Point will also be the Disembarkation point for the return journey.

The ninth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about Moavineen. It was recommended that Moavineen being deputed to help pilgrims must be organized as a well mannered unit with proper hierarchy of command structure for useful employment with fool proof monitoring system and evaluation. They must be made to wear uniforms, clearly indicating the nature of assistance they are supposed to provide.

The tenth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about audit of compensation and welfare fund of the Hujjaj where the compensation and welfare fund of the Hujjaj should be audited by Federal Audit on regular basis.

The eleventh area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about outsourcing of hajj quota where the Prevention Committee recommended that depending on quality of services and cost thereof popularity of performing Hajj under MoRA arrangement and private HGOs must continue.

The twelfth area in which the Prevention Committee gave its recommendations is about the Hajj officials getting engaged in protocol duties of VIPs. In this regard, the Prevention Committee recommended that VIP flight for short duration stay may be abolished.

After detailed deliberation in a lengthy session, Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry approved the recommendations prepared by the Prevention Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA). He appreciated the efforts of all concerned. The recommendations of Prevention Committee on MoRA will be sent to Ministry of Religious Affairs for implementation.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
ATTATURK AVENUE G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214502-03
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk

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