Minimum cost for Hajj Tk 3.44 lakh
Cabinet approves draft Hajj policy 2019
Published : Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 126
The Cabinet approved the draft of 'National Hajj and Umrah Policy, 2019' and 'Hajj Package, 2019' in its meeting held at the Prime Minister's office (PMO) on Monday.
In the new National Hajj and Umrah Policy 2019, Pilgrims have to pay Tk 4, 18,500 to avail package-1 under the government management. The latest cost is up by Tk 24,645 from the previous year's package - 2 under the government management.
The pilgrims, who intend to perform Hajj for the third time, will have to pay an additional Tk 47,250 this year for other charges.
According to the proposed Hajj policy, a total of 1, 27,198 Bangladeshis will be able to perform Hajj this year. Of them, 1, 20,000 will perform Hajj under private management while the rest 7,198 under government management.
According to the new packages, a pilgrim will need Tk 4, 18,500 this year instead of previous year's fees of Tk 3, 97,929 under the first package of the government arrangement while the cost will be Tk 3, 44,000 for the second package instead of previous year's package of Tk 3, 31,359.
Plane fare for both of the packages was set at Tk 1, 28,000 this year. It's around Tk 10,191 less than the previous year. Last year, the plane fare was Tk 1, 38,191.
Although Biman Bangladesh Airlines authority proposed the government to increase plane fare to Tk 1, 44,000 citing the reason of increasing fuel price, the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry rejected the proposal. Instead, the authority fixed the fare at Tk 1, 28,000 this year.
As the Saudi authority imposed extra charges and fares for house rent this year, the Hajis will have to pay Tk 1, 67,962 as house rent in Makka and Madina. It's Tk 10,343 higher than the previous year. Increasing transport fare by Tk 15,326 this year, the Saudi authorities will charge Tk 40,882 as transport cost for travelling to Makka, Madia, Mujdalifa, Mina and Arafah.
According to the new Hajj policy, each Bangladeshi Hajj agency will be allowed to send minimum 150 and maximum 300 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia against their licenses.
An aircraft can carry the pilgrims of three Hajj agencies and three Moallems at a time.
All pilgrims will have to carry machine readable passports for performing Hajj. Every person willing to perform Hajj will have to make pre-registration through online, which would be synchronised with the central NID database. Later, they will have to complete registration process to get pilgrim ID. The registration would remain valid for two years.
According to the draft policy, the religious affairs ministry will pay Tk 1,520 (68 Saudi Riyals) to the Saudi Hajj Ministry as a bank guarantee on behalf of a government arrangement pilgrim while the Hajj agencies concerned will pay the money for its pilgrim who will perform Hajj under private management.
The pilgrims who will stay over two kilometres away from Makkah will get transportation facilities.
The approved draft policy will be tabled in the parliament's present session for passage as a law, sources said.