Bangladesh increases 2023 Hajj Cost, blame exchange rate
The cost for performing hajj under government management has increased by Tk 1.61 lakh this year as it has been fixed at Tk 6,83,018 for each pilgrim against last year’s Tk 5,21,15.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the executive committee on hajj management with State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan in the chair on Wednesday.
Talking to reporters the minister said last year, the government announced two hajj packages for hajj—Package-1 at Tk 5,86,340 and package-2 at Tk 5,21,150— but his year only one package has been announced.
The private hajj agencies will fix their packages in coordination with the government packages and it will be announced on Thursday, he said.
Under private management, the pilgrims paid minimum Tk 5,22,744 for performing hajj last year.
About the raising the hajj package cost, the minister said this year one Riyal is available at Tk 30 which was Tk 21 last year.
Faridul said this year the government has fixed the plane fare at Tk 1, 97,797 and the price has been increased due to global economic crisis.
Last year, the plane fare was Tk 1.40 lakh.
Like the previous year, three airlines –Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Saudia Airlines and National Airlines will carry the hajj pilgrims, he said.
Hajj-2023 will be held on 9th day of Zilhaj (June 28) depending on moon sighting.
The government signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia over hajj on January 9.
According to the agreement, 15,000 people will be able to go to Hajj under government management while 1,12,198 can go under private management.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50 percent passengers while Saudia Airlines will carry 50 percent passengers.
Besides, the age limit for Hajj pilgrims during the pandemic has been lifted by the Saudi government – paving the way for people over 65 to go for the significant pilgrimage.
According to the ‘Route to Mecca initiative’ deal, all hajj pilgrims will complete their pre-arrival immigration in Dhaka.
In case of Covid vulnerable situation, the Saudi authorities can take a decision about the number of the pilgrimage.
This year, 70 percent Bangladeshi pilgrims will go through Jeddah Airport while the rest 30 percent will go through Madinah airport.
In 2019, a total of 1,27, 198 pilgrims performed hajj from Bangladesh.
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