Hajj package announced, minimum rate Tk 462,000...

Hajj package announced, minimum rate Tk 462,000

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:39 PM, 11 May 2022   Updated: 03:23 PM, 11 May 2022

Hajj; File Photo

Hajj; File Photo

This year, the minimum package (package-2) for Hajj under government management has been fixed at Tk 4,62,000. Under this package, the pilgrims will be located within one and a half thousand meters of the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah.

State Minister for Religious Affairs Md. Faridul Haque Khan Dulal made the announcement at a press conference at the Secretariat in the capital on Wednesday (May 11).

He said two packages have been officially announced this year. Package-1 will cost Tk 5,27,340. Passengers of this package will be within one thousand meters of a distance of Masjid al-Haram.  

The State Minister for Religious Affairs told the press conference that the Holy Hajj would be held in Saudi Arabia on July 8. According to the bilateral Hajj agreement, a total of 57,585 pilgrims from Bangladesh, including 4,000 in government management and 53,585 in private management, will get the opportunity to go to Saudi Arabia for the Holy Hajj this year. 

Two packages for government management and one package for private management agencies have been proposed for 2022, calculating airfare for Hajj pilgrims, house rent in Saudi Arabia, service charges, teacher fees, Zamzam water, food costs and other fees. Hajj pilgrims will also have to pay an additional 810 Saudi riyals or Tk 19,683 for the package for the sacrificed animals or Qurbani for pilgrims.

Compared to 2020, the price of government management package-1 has increased by Tk 1,02,340 and the price of package-2 has increased by Tk 1,02,150.

The State Minister said the “exchange rate of Saudi Riyal was Tk 23” in 2020, however, that rate is now Tk 24.30. This is also one of the reasons for the increase in package prices.

Besides, 15 percent VAT, service charges, taxes have been included in all sectors in Saudi Arabia. Moallem’s cost has “doubled”. House rents have also risen, he added.