To perform hajj this year the expenses are going to be increased. A pilgrim has to bear expense of taka 4 lakh 18 thousand 500 under package-1 and taka 3 lakh 44 thousand under package-2. The cabinet has approved the draft of ‘Hajj package-2019’ keeping provisions for performing hajj under two packages.
The hajj packages were approved in the cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.
After the meeting Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam informed about the approval at a press briefing at the secretariat.
Comparing to the previous year the expenses for hajj in this year have increased by 20 thousand 571 taka under package-1 and by 12 thousand 641 taka under package-2. Last year the expense under package-1 was 3 lakh 97 thousand 929 taka and under package-2 it was 3 lakh 31 thousand 359 taka.
Along with these the cabinet has also approved the revised ‘National Hajj and Umrah Policy-2018’. This year the hajj will begin on August 10 depending on sight of the moon.
According to the hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia, this year one lakh 27 thousand 198 persons can perform hajj from Bangladesh. Of them 7 thousand 198 persons can perform hajj under government management while the rest one lakh 20 thousand persons can perform hajj under private management.