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In the coming Hajj Season, there will be no chance of any disruption. To ensure smooth hajj performance under government and private supervision, all necessary steps are being taken for smooth completion.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman made this comment while talking to media people about hajj management 2018 at his secretariat in the capital on Monday.
This year, a total of 1,26,798 persons will go to Saudi Arabia for performing hajj. Of them, 6,798 will perform hajj under government management while 1,20,000 under private management. The hajj is likely to be held on August 21 this year subject to the moon sighting, he added.
According to him, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Hajj programme-2018 at the Hajj Camp in the capital’s Ashkona Hajj Camp on July 11.
The pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia through 528 hajj agencies and the first flight carrying hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia is scheduled to begin on July 14 and will continue till August 15 while the return hajj flight is scheduled to begin on August 27 and continue till September 25, said Motiur.
Bangladesh Biman will carry 64,967 pilgrims through 187 flights while the rest 61,831 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia through 188 flights of Saudi Airlines this year, he said.
About visa complexity, the minister said, already 6,114 pilgrims under government management and 13,400 under private managements have got their visas. He hopes this year no pilgrim will suffer from visa complexity.
Besides, acting religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman said Bangladesh Biman has sold 52,000 tickets on hajj purpose while Saudi Airlines sold 46,755 tickets.
He also urged the pilgrims to conduct four medical tests—blood, sugar, x-ray and ECG—before hajj.
Referring to the tests, Prof Dr Sania Tahmina, director of disease control unit and line director of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), said the pilgrims can conduct their medical tests at the private hospitals alongside government hospitals.
Mohibul Haque, acting secretary of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry said as per the directives of Saudi Arabia no additional flights will be allowed this year. The pilgrims have to go to Saudi Arabia on their scheduled flight, he said.
Religious affairs secretary, president and director general of Hajj Agencies Associations of Bangladesh (HAAB), officials from law and enforcement agencies among others were also present in the briefing.