Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the Hajj agencies to transact home rents and other service charges of pilgrims to the bank accounts of respective agencies in Saudi Arabia through e-payment system.
In a circular, the central bank authorities has directed all commentarial banks to transact the money in Saudi Riyal against the account of the Hajj agencies according to the lists of pilgrims registered with the firms.“The service charges of Hajj pilgrims include Sr 4,700 of house rent, Sr 1,811 of transport and other costs, Sr 1,260 of additional service charge and Sr 1333 of food cost. So, the agencies have to transact at least Sr 9,110 against per pilgrim,” read the circular signed by the central bank’s Deputy General Manager Munira Islam.
A total of 1, 27,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj this year. Of them, 1, 20,000 will go under private management.
The registration process for intending Hajj pilgrims began on February 19 after Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) announced a private Hajj package for 2019 fixing Tk 3,45,800.
HAAB secretary general Shahadat Hossain Taslim said, “We have fixed Tk 3,45,800 as a minimum package price for Hajj pilgrims under private management this year and we have urged them to deposit money to agency offices or bank accounts, not to handover the money to any middleman.”
A pilgrim while being registered has to deposit Tk 142, 646, including Tk 128, 000 for airfare, and Tk14, 645 for service and transport costs set by the Saudi government, according to the HAAB official.
Pilgrims who have already performed Hajj between 2015 and 2018 have to pay Tk 47,250 extra as per Saudi Arabia regulations.The cabinet approved the National Hajj and Umrah Policy 2019 and the Hajj Package 2019 on February 11 fixing Tk 4, 18,516 for the first package and Tk 3,44,000 for the second package.