According to recent reports, the government is planning to provide incentives to citizens who choose to pay their dues for the upcoming Hajj in US dollars.

Additionally, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has allocated a 25 per cent special quota for pilgrims who deposit the amount in dollars, as per APP.

This move is a response to the government’s efforts to strengthen the fast-dwindling foreign reserves. According to a report by SAMAA on Friday, pilgrims who pay their application fees and other charges in US dollars will receive a special discount.

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SAMAA also cited the draft of the Hajj Policy 2023, which states that pilgrims will be given the option to choose the currency in which they wish to pay. Those who choose to pay in dollars will be exempted from the balloting process under the new Hajj policy, as reported by APP.