DHAKA: Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman yesterday said the Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims for performing Hajj this year will begin on July 14.
This year, a total of 1,27,198 pilgrims– 7,198 under government management and 1,20,000 under private management– will perform Hajj from Bangladesh, said the minister while speaking at a press briefing over the Hajj management situation at the secretariat here.
Earlier in the day, Principal Motiur Rahman inaugurated the registration process of the Hajj pilgrims for 2018 under the government management which will continue till March 11.
“The government has opened a hotline-09602666707-at the ministry for conveying any allegations and it will remain open for providing information about Hajj,” the minister said, adding that the particular size Polybag and kit bags, inscribed with the National flag, will have to be brought by the hajj travelers with their own management.
Matiur said none of the Hajj travelers will be replaced without taking registration and they don’t need any kind of police verifications.
The Religious Affairs Minister said there are two packages– Taka 3,97,929 for package one and Taka 3,31,359 for package two– for the hajj travelers under the government management and the flight fair has been fixed Taka 1,38,191 under these two packages.
The minister also informed complaint was found against 193 Hajj agencies for different irregularities. Of these, the licenses of 64 Hajj agencies were cancelled and the security money was also seized while 17 Hajj agencies were fined with suspension of license.
Apart from this, 49 hajj agencies have been fined, 12 hajj agencies have been alert and other 51 agencies have been suspended from the works related on Hajj programmes, the minister highlighted.
Religious Affairs Secretary Anisur Rahman was present during the press conference.