Canceling the Hajj at the expense of the state.. “Austerity” plan or theft of free visas?
The Sisi government announced the cancellation of the Hajj at state expense this year, as in the year 2021, and reduced the number of service missions to the minimum, which are the trips that the Ministry of the Interior used to account for them from the Hajj visas. issued by Saudi Arabia for free. Last year, Sisi’s government did not allocate the Hajj to the detriment of the state, besides reducing the number of service missions to the minimum, and without travel allowances.
Despite this, the price of the economic pilgrimage amounted to 104 thousand and 500 lire, instead of 92 thousand and 500 lire, and in a lower degree it reached 94 thousand and 500 lire instead of 82 thousand and 500 lire, both of which don’t do that. they include the air ticket, which varies between 16 and 20 thousand pounds.
The number of Hajj visas before the Corona wave and the suspension of the pilgrimage for health reasons in 2018 reached about 78,000 visas, of which about 24,000 were allocated for the drawing of lots at the expense of the state, which was not free for the Egyptians in all cases, and the coup governments get money from it, although they are less than the market by half for the pilgrim. at his own expense.
visas for “representatives”
In the year before last, local newspapers revealed the scandal that 1,300 Hajj visas were given to Sisi’s members of parliament, 1,200 to deputies, 90 to senior employees, and 10 to accredited journalists. .
It is worth noting that the austerity government did not pay attention to the lack of attention of the Sisi parliament of the results of the investigation with the representatives of the Hajj and Umrah visas led by the Ethics Committee, and the their membership was not revoked for violating the duty of membership.
Ali Abdel-Aal, the former head of the Military Parliament, closed the investigation on the case, which was brought by the owner of the Amuzis Tourism Company, in which he stated that a number of members of parliament offered him to sell a large number of free products. Hajj visas, which they had obtained as a free gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to be distributed free of charge to the people of the department, and the price of the visa is 50 thousand pounds, but they sold it and profited from it. price in violation of the law.
Observers added that there are other reasons related to the politics of the Sisi regime, which generally refrains from spending on Hajj and Umrah to save the cost of the dollar it wastes on its corruption. and the corruption of his security apparatus that controls the economy.
Increase in the percentage of achievement
Observers suggested that the life of the lottery and the associations will continue with an increase in the percentage of collection by the state, represented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity, which indicated during the government meeting the preparations that is doing in relation to the life of the lottery and unions.
The cost of Hajj during the past year for the lowest grade of “Batch Hajj” reached 120,000 pounds. On the other hand, the Libyan government bore the expenses of the Hajj on behalf of the citizens. In Oman, the average cost was about two thousand dollars, in Jordan less than 3 thousand dollars, and in Syria, Yemen and Iraq less than 4 thousand. dollar.
And El Zamalkawy’s Facebook account advised that austerity should be reduced to reduce government spending, ministerial processions, travel, and parties, and reduce the salaries of consultants and gentlemen with astronomical salaries, and by God, the country will rise from the drowning.
Rania @Ranimoas saw that by canceling the Hajj at the expense of the state, as if the state was providing the Hajj for free, as if the cost of the Hajj was the black hole that swallowed the state budget state, as if the state was cutting back on salaries. and incentives of adults, and only the Hajj remained.
Observers considered that the increase in Hajj prices and the decrease in the number of pilgrims is a deliberate policy of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is working to alienate Egyptians from their religion in return for -the spread of corruption and decadence.
And that Sisi’s policies have made the cost of performing the Hajj vary between 150 and 250 thousand pounds, which makes the vast majority of Egyptians unable to perform the duty.
The Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah affiliated to the Ministry of Tourism of the Coup had announced an increase in the prices of Hajj after traveling to Saudi Arabia to inspect the accommodation of the pilgrims and determine the value of the service fees there, which sparked anger among the pilgrims. of the Sacred House of God, especially after the beginning of the touristic pilgrimage groups.
As the Egyptians have been deprived of performing the rituals during the last two years due to the impact of the closure of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Saudi authorities have allowed the arrival of pilgrims from abroad for the season of 1443 AH, while reducing everyone’s share. countries with 45%, but the Egyptians, despite their joy for the return of the Hajj ritual, suffer from its high cost this year. , which exceeds the last year of the Hajj in 2019 by more than 30 and 40%, and the price of the economic pilgrimage this year, which is the least expensive and to which most of of the Egyptians, it varied between 115 and 125 thousand pounds, including the travel ticket, and these increases also brought the price of the touristic pilgrimage to that Between 225 and 250 thousand pounds and no more than half a million a pound
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