The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) government has rejected Bangladesh's proposal to increase the quota for additional 25,000 Hajj pilgrims.
The proposal of the Religious Affairs Ministry was to accommodate all of the pilgrims willing to perform Hajj this year.
"The KSA government refused to allow more pilgrims from Bangladesh this year. It requested us to arrange and send pilgrims as per the quota allocated earlier," said Hasina Shirin, Assistant Secretary (Hajj) at the Religious Affairs Ministry, on Tuesday.
The official, however, spoke about the ministry's continuous efforts to raise the quota, despite the Saudi rejection.
This year, 101,758 Bangladeshi pilgrims will be able to perform Hajj.
Meanwhile, the ministry also asked the Hajj agencies complete procedural matters like opening of bank account in Saudi Arabia, depositing money and signing agreement on house rent for pilgrims by June 18.
The ministry also made it clear that any non-compliance would be considered as a failure by those agencies to send pilgrims this year, the ministry official said, warning legal actions against the errant agencies.