The government will launch a pre-registration programme for hajj pilgrims soon for the first time in order to make the hajj management system more transparent.
"Pre-registration system will be introduced this year for the hajj pilgrims in line with the 'e hajj-system' in the Saudi Arabia", said Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal, director of Hajj management of the Ministry of Religious Affairs here on Thursday.
Under the system, one would have to pay Taka 30,000 as a 'balloti hajj pilgrims' to perform the hajj under government management and Taka 30,752 as a non-balloti hajj pilgrim to perform the hajj under private management, said Kamal.
The pre-registration will be held at all the Union Information Service Centers across the country, Deputy Commissioner Offices, Islamic Foundation Office, government approved Hajj agencies and Hajj management office at Ashkona.
A total of 1,01,758 hajj pilgrims would be allowed to perform hajj this year, said Anwar Hossain, Senior Information Officer of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, adding that if the number exceeds the estimated figure the excess persons will have to wait for performing hajj in the next year.
According to the national hajj policy, an individual who completed his pre- registration would be selected for performing hajj and informed by a SMS on his mobile, said the official.
For final registration, a hajj pilgrim would have to deposit Taka 3, 60,028 for performing hajj under government management and Taka 3, 04,903 under private management. The payment will have to be made by May 30, 2016.