1.3 million Bangladesh to perform hajj in 2018 – Minister




A total of 1, 27,1 98 Bangladeshi pilgrims would be able to perform hajj this year as per the Hajj Agreement signed between Bangladesh and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said religious affairs minister Matior Rahman.
While speaking at a press conference at the secretariat on Sunday he said the hajj agreement was signed between the two countries in Makkah on January 14.
From the total, some 7,198 pilgrims would go to perform the hajj under government allotment and 1,20,000 pilgrims would be able to perform hajj under private allotment, he said.
Officials of the ministry informed the press that a total of 2,29,764 potential pilgrims have already completed their pre-registration as of January 21.
The minister said that some 50 per cent of the pilgrims would be transported by Biman Bangladesh airlines while 50 per cent would be transported by Saudi Airlines.
The religious affairs minister said that as the KSA government has imposed five per cent tax on purchases and services, there would be an impact of this on hajj management.
Replying to a question, the minister said that Bangladesh had proposed the Saudi government to allow travel of Bangladeshis by ships but the later did not consider the proposal.
The hajj package for the current year would be announced around the first week of February, said the ministry’s acting secretary Anisur Rahman.
About investigations against some cases of fraudulence made by some agencies, the minister and secretary said that the government would take action against the responsible agencies very soon after completion of the investigations.
Senior officials of the ministry and other related department and agencies were present at the press conference.


New Age Bangladesh