The Saudi government has rejected a Bangladesh recommendation to raise the number of hajj pilgrims by 25,000 to its fixed quota of 1,01,758, said a release of the Religious Affairs Ministry.
According to the release, the ministry is relentlessly working to increase the quota and will inform all concerned through mass media if the Saudi government approved the Bangladesh proposal.
The ministry believes increasing the quota of Bangladesh hajj pilgrims under the present context is absolutely impossible.
The concerned hajj agents are asked to complete all necessary preparatory activities, including opening savings account in Saudi Arabia and depositing money, complete house-rent agreements and agreements with the Muallem in Saudi Arabia by June 18.
Any failure in accomplishing the jobs within the scheduled date would be considered a failure by the concerned hajj agents, the press release added.
Legal and punitive actions would be taken against the hajj agents for failure and negligence.