ISLAMABAD  - The Haj-2012 policy is likely to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday and the designated banks would start receiving hajj applications from Friday, said an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs. Talking to APP, he said the policy has already been sent to Prime Minister Secretariat for approval. The policy is most likely to be announced on Wednesday or Thursday after getting approval of the federal cabinet. Immediately after the announcement of the policy the authorized banks would start receiving Hajj applications from Friday (April 20) and the policy of first come first serve will be continued this year also, spokesman Hafiz Sher Ali said. Government scheme Hajj expenditures are likely to register an increase from Rs25, 000 to Rs35, 000 thanks to inflation, increase in buildings rent as compared to previous year, appreciation in rate of dollar, riyal and hike in petroleum prices. The quota system for private Hajj group Organisers (HGOs) would be continued this year. The quota of tainted HGOs would be allotted to HGOs having unblemished record. New secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs has strictly directed to allot the hajj quota to private operators as per merit. Hajj fares have already been finalized. The new fare for government Hajj scheme would be Rs73, 000 from Quetta, Karachi, Rs85, 000 would be charged from Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore. He said, as many as 179210 lucky persons would perform Hajj this year. Half of them would perform Hajj under the Government scheme while the rest under private scheme. The intending pilgrims have been divided into Green, Blue and White category. The intending pilgrims, who pay 7500 riyals, would be provided residential facilities within 900 meters of Haram Sharif and they would be placed in the Blue category. The Green category pilgrims would be provided residential facilities from 900 to 2000 meters (from Haram Sharif) in 5000 riyals. White category pilgrims would be provided residences from over 2000 meters from Haram Sharif in 3600 riyals. Responding to a question, he said the quota of parliamentarians and others for sending chosen persons to Hajj would not be restored. Machine readable passport, Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) have been declared mandatory this year also. Hajj 2012 is likely on October 26.