Religious Affairs Minister Motiur Rahman has stated that 64 Hajj agencies have lost their licences, and have been fined for engaging in various irregularities during the Hajj of 2017.
Furthermore, licence of 17 agencies have been suspended until further notice, and various punitive measures have been taken against another 112 agencies.
The Religious Affairs minister made the disclosure at a press briefing in the Ministry of Religious Affairs on Thursday afternoon.
He also spoke about Hajj policies and packages that were approved in the cabinet for this year.
Addressing the press brief, Motiur said: “Complaints were filed in both Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, against 193 agencies that participated in Hajj related activities in 2017. A probe committee was formed to investigate the allegations.
“As per the committee’s recommendation, licence of 64 Hajj agencies have been cancelled, and 17 others faced a suspension of licence.”
The minister further revealed that 49 agencies have been fined and warned, and another 12 agencies received only warnings.
A total of 51 Hajj agencies have been relieved of their authorization to send Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
According to the press brief, a total of 127,198 pilgrims are set to perform Hajj this year. Among them, 7,198 pilgrims will visit Saudi Arabia under government management, and the rest will go under non-government management.
Motiur Rahman also pointed out that Hajj pilgrims will have to buy some of the mandatory equipment themselves.
Pilgrims can call this number- 09602666707, to submit any complaints relating to Hajj activities.
Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary Anisur Rahman was present at the press briefing.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com