Egypt set to bring pilgrimage services under umbrella organization

By JEDDAH: GALAL FAKKAR, ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published: Mar 20, 2012 01:06 Updated: Mar 20, 2012 01:06

Egyptian authorities have taken steps to bring Haj and Umrah affairs under a single authority to streamline Haj operations in the country.

“The proposed independent commission will solve organizational difficulties related to the pilgrimage,” a source with links to the pilgrims’ affairs told Arab News. The Ministry of Interior handled pilgrims’ affairs until now.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Juma, who would head the proposed organization General Commission for Haj and Umrah, had a meeting with all departments related to Haj and Umrah recently. The meeting decided to set up a committee to draft the bylaws of the commission in 15 days, the source said.

The draft copy of the bylaws and statutes would be submitted to the Cabinet and the National Assembly for approval and implementation, the source said.

The objective of the commission is to regulate and monitor Haj and other pilgrim activities and remove any difficulty for workers in the sector and ensure that Haj operators are mostly citizens of the country, the source said.

The Interior Ministry’s withdrawal from the sector would by no means harm the interests of Haj pilgrims, he said.

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http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article589401.ece

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