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Hajj pilgrims won’t face trouble over house rent: Minister

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Staff Reporter
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman on Sunday said those who will perform hajj this year will not face any trouble even if they fail to open bank accounts in Saudi Arabia for paying house rent as the problem over it has been resolved.
As per the Saudi government’s directive, the Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims will have to pay their house rent and other charges through opening bank accounts in Saudi Arabia, Matiur Rahman said.
“The problem over paying the house rent has been resolved after consultation with the Saudi government. So, the Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims won’t face any problem over it,” he said while speaking at a meeting over Hajj flight management at Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.
Besides, the minister said, the Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims will get their visas easily.
Addressing the meeting, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, will carry 50 percent hajj pilgrims while Saudi Airlines the remaining 50 percent in several phases.
A total of 97,257 hajj pilgrims out of 98757 hajj pilgrims will perform hajj under private management while the rest 1500 under government management.
This year, the hajj flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will begin on August 27 and continue till September 28. The return hajj flights of the national flag carrier will begin on October 8 and continue till November 8.
Besides, the hajj flight of Saudi Airlines will begin on September 1 and continue till September 30 while the return flights on October 9 and end on November 17, the minister said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the Hajj camp at Ashkona on August 26, he said.
Civil Aviation and Tourism secretary Khorshed Alam Chowdhury and Religious Affairs secretary Mohamamd Babul Hasan were, among others, present.