Kazakh Social Development Minister called to protect interests, safety of Kazakhstanis leaving for hajj
This year, more than 3 thousand citizens of Kazakhstan leave for the hajj.
A meeting on the issues of the organization of leave of Kazakhstan's pilgrims for the hajj to the the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was held in Astana under the chairmanship of Ministry of Social Development of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kaletayev, BNews.kz reports with a reference to a press service of the Ministry of Social Development of Kazakhstan.
Credit: Ministry of Social Development of Kazakhstan
It is noted that during the meeting the order of arrival and departure of Kazakhstan citizens during the hajj was passed, the issues of the readiness of the airlines to transport pilgrims were discussed, including the ensuring of timely flight of aircrafts, as well as the necessary procedure of vaccination and visa registration.
Darkhan Kaletayev emphasized on the necessity to pass the appropriate measures to organize the protection of interests and safety of Kazakhstan citizens and to create the conditions for pilgrims during the hajj.
The Spiritual Management of Muslims of Kazakhstan annually signs an agreement with the Ministry of Haj and Umra of Saudi Arabia on the base of which quotas are allocated. This year, quotas for 3 thousand people have been allocated.
According to the Minister, in order to control and organize the pilgrimage the Ministry jointly with the Spiritual Management of Muslims of Kazakhstan created a hajj mission, that includes 14 people: 7 representatives of the Spiritual Management of Muslims of Kazakhstan, 3 representatives of the media, 2 medical employees of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan and 2 representatives of the Ministry of Social Development of Kazakhstan.
"Following the information of the Spiritual Management of Muslims of Kazakhstan, all pilgrims are divided between 18 Kazakhstan tourist companies, that take part in the organization of the hajj. Flights will be run by the airlines of Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the proportion of 50/50. Saudi Arabia has defined Fly Nas for the organization flights of Kazakhstan citizens. And, in Kazakhstan under the facilitation of the Ministry of Social Development of Kazakhstan from the previous year flights have been run by SCAT," they said in the MInistry of Social Development.
Kazakhstan pilgrims will arrive Saudi Arabia in August 9-15, and will return until Aeptember 1. The meeting payed spacial attention to the viccination of Kazakhstan pilgrims. This year, the vaccination has been held in 5 cities of Kazakhstan in 8 medical centres. The cost of the vaccination for pilgrims is 28 thousand tenges.
We note that in 2017 the Ministry of Social Development introduced the Rules for tour operator activity in the field of religious tourism.
The rules provide for teh regulation of the organization process of flights of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the pilgrimage. The introduction of such a legal act is made to protect Kazakhstan citizens from destructive religious ideologies during their staying.
Following the meeting, the responsible authorities were presented with the recommendations to take measures to solve all organizational issues of flights of pilgrims for the hajj.