‘Hajj and Umrah Management Bill 2021’ passed in JS
Published: 02:32 PM, 15 June 2021
Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban; File Photo
The much-awaited ‘Hajj and Umrah Management Bill 2021’ has been passed in the Jaitya Sangsad (JS) to deal with irregularities and mismanagement.
JS lawmakers passed the bill in a voice vote on Tuesday.
It is learned that the agencies have come up with a stay order from the High Court challenging the government’s action against the Hajj agencies due to any irregularities. As a result, a legal framework was needed for Hajj management.
The bill states that no one can take pilgrims for Hajj without registration under the proposed law and the registration authority can take action against any irregularities.
The proposed bill further states that the registration of any Hajj and Umrah agency can be canceled due to inconsistencies.
According to the bill, if the irregularities are proved, the government can fine the Hajj agency a maximum of Tk 50 lakh and the Umrah agency Tk 15 lakh.
If an agency is warned for two consecutive years, its registration will automatically be suspended for two years.
After the new law comes into force, if a Bangladeshi commits Hajj-related irregularities in Saudi Arabia, the irregularity will be deemed to have taken place in Bangladesh and legal action, including criminal and administrative measures, may be taken against them.