NA body directs third party audit of Hajj operation 2017

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Monday directed conducting third party audit of the Hajj operation 2017 from a reputed firm for ensuring transparency in Hajj operation. A meeting of the committee, chaired by Member National Assembly (MNA) Syed  Amir Ali Shah Jamote observed that the third party audit would definitely help in removing any reported anomalies and complaints regarding the Hajj operation. Ramesh Lal demanded detailed revenue collection from across country temples and sacred religious places of Sikhs as some religious places were in dilapidated conditions. The committee summoned  chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in next meeting for detailed briefing about the condition and income of temples. The committee directed the ministry to start Hajj operations a bit earlier as comparing to last years’ for ensuring smooth Hajj operation.Briefing the Committee Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Khalid Masood Chaudhry said the ministry has constituted a committee to re-assess Hajj Group Organisers (HGOs).Bids  already (sought from reputed Chartered Accountant firms) would be unfolded on November 3. HGOs would be enrolled afresh on merit after comprehensive scrutiny. The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms Kiran Imran Dar, Ramesh Lal, Ali Muhammad Khan, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Ms Shahida Akhtar Ali.

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