101,758 to perform hajj this year

101,758 to perform hajj this year

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Dhaka – The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for amendments to the National Hajj and Umrah Policy-2016 (Hijri 1437) and Hajj Package 2016 (Hijri 1437) by doubling the number of hajj pilgrims to 10,000 under government management, unb news agency reported.However, under the revised policy and hajj package, the number of hajj pilgrims under private management this year would be reduced by 17,110.
The approval came from the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the policy and the hajj package were amended following the Saudi government decision. “With the amendment to the hajj policy and package, the total number of hajj pilgrims to be sent from Bangladesh will be reduced by 12,110,” he said.
As per the amended policy and package, he said, a total of 101,758 pilgrims will perform hajj from Bangladesh this year. The number was 1,13,868 in the earlier policy and package.
Under the revised package, he said, some 10,000 pilgrims would perform hajj from Bangladesh under the government management instead of 5,000, while 91,758 pilgrims would perform Hajj under the private management instead of 1,08,868.

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