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PM opens Hajj programme-2024

PM opens Hajj programme-2024

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday (May 8) inaugurated the holy Hajj programme-2024 (Hijri 1445) at Ashkona Hajj Camp in the capital. She also exchanged greetings with the (Haji) Hajj pilgrims after opening the Hajj programme as the chief guest. The premier sought Doa from the Hajj pilgrims for the people of Bangladesh as well, local media reported.

The Hajj flight carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims will start from Dhaka on Thursday (May 9). The first hajj flight is scheduled to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:20 a.m. for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, carrying 419 pilgrims.

With Religious Affairs Minister Md. Faridul Haque Khan in the chair, Secretary of the Ministry Md A Hamid Zamadder delivered the welcome address at the Hajj programme opening function. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Religious Affairs Mohammad Huchamuddin Chowdhury, Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Bangladesh Essa Youssef Essa Al Duhailan, and Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) President M Shahadat Hossain Taslim also spoke.

Two pilgrims, as well, expressed their feelings and satisfaction over the Hajj management, and lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for digitisation of Hajj activities.

An audio-visual documentary on Hajj activities was screened on the ceremony.

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his own endeavour opened the door of performing Hajj for Bangladeshi pilgrims immediately after the independence.

IT in-charge of Dhaka Hajj Office Kazi Md Murad E Alam said a total of 85,257 Bangladeshis will be able to perform Hajj this year. Of them, 4,562 will get opportunity to perform Hajj under the government management while rest 80, 695 will perform Hajj under the private management, he added. Alam, however, said as of May 8 4,314 pilgrims have completed registration for performing Hajj this year under the government management while 78,895 under private management.

Bangladesh is the fourth largest pilgrims sending country in the world. As per the arrangement, Bangladeshi pilgrims will complete immigration process of the two countries (Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia) in Dhaka which will help them escape immigration process in Jeddah.

Under Road-to-Makkhah initiative, Hajj pilgrims will get luggage services, meaning the luggage will be sent to the pilgrims' hotel or their other accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.

According to the flight schedule, the national flag carrier will operate 117 pre-Hajj flights between May 9 and Jun 10 to carry a total of 45,525 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia while Saudi Arabian airlines Flynas will operate 43 pre-Hajj flights between May and Jun 12 to carry rest of the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to start operating return Hajj flight on Jun 20 from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh while Flynas will start post-Hajj flight between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh on Jun 21.