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In an effort to facilitate the hajj management, the government has increased the rate of pilgrim replacement for ticket confirmation for hajj agencies to 8 percent for this year.
According to the existing policy, four percent pilgrims replacement was possible but now the rate of pilgrims replacement has been raised to eight percent.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman made this comment while briefing journalists at his Mintoo Road residence in the capital on Saturday night.
“We’ve increased the quota upon request by the Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB),” said the minister adding that there will be some conditions.
The conditions added that the agencies will have to apply in writing on the respective Hajj agency’s stamp pad within July 24 along with a list of pilgrims who want to replace. They will also have to submit medical certificates from doctors. The agencies will have to submit an affidavit on a non-judicial stamp of Tk 300 that no wrong information was provided by the agency, the minister said.
For any misinformation license of the hajj agency that will file applications with forged information will be cancelled, he warned.
The first hajj flight, carrying 419 pilgrims, left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on July 14. A total of 67452 visas till July 21 were issued. Till that day 37,222 pilgrims reached Saudi Arabia to perform their hajj.
This year, a total of 1, 27,198 people will go to Saudi Arabia for performing hajj. Bangladesh Biman will carry 63,599 pilgrims operating 187 flights. Of them, 7,198 will go under government management and the rest 56,401 under private management.
The pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia through 528 hajj agencies. The hajj flights will continue till August 15 and the return hajj flights are scheduled to begin on August 27 and will continue till September 25.