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Ministry issues show cause notice as agency fails to secure visas for 260 pilgrims

  • Leads to uncertainty about their Hajj travel
  • 28,760 Bangladeshi pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia
Update : 20 May 2024, 11:00 AM

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has issued a show-cause notice to an agency due to the failure to secure visas for any of the individuals registered for Hajj this year. 

A total of 260 people had registered for Hajj with the North Bengal Hajj Travels and Tours Guide agency, leading to uncertainty about their participation.

This information was revealed in a letter signed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs Joint Secretary (Hajj) Dr Md Manjurul Haque on the Bangladesh Haj Management Portal on Sunday.

The letter said Hajj pilgrims started going to Saudi Arabia on May 9, 2024. During this period, visas of all Hajj pilgrims of other agencies were completed.
 
The letter also said that the manager of the agency could not be reached even after trying to contact him on the designated mobile phone number. 

Additionally, he failed to fulfill his responsibility to appear at the office of the Additional Secretary (Hajj) of the ministry, Md Matiul Islam, on May 15 to provide a proper explanation for not securing the pay order for the Hajj tickets.

A total of 28,760 Bangladeshi pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia since the start of the Hajj flight till Saturday.

This information was released on the Bangladesh Haj Management Portal on Sunday.

According to the information received, of the 28,760 pilgrims who arrived in Saudi Arabia by Saturday, 3,747 were from government management, and 25,013 were from private management.

This year's Hajj will be held on June 16. The number of agencies associated with Hajj activities approved by the Ministry of Religious Affairs is 259.

The first flight with pilgrims to Saudi Arabia left on May 9. Hajj flights will continue until June 10. After the Hajj, the return flight will start on June 20 and end on July 22.

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