Pilgrimage of 1,500 uncertain

National Desk, Rashedul Islam Biplob , Staff Reporter: Dhaka Office: Alltimenews.com:- As many as 1,500 pilgrims won’t be able to perform Hajj this 12 months as sixty eight personal companies are yet to gather their demand orders (DO) from the Hajj office. Despite a series of hearings being held and repeated reminders, maximum business enterprise proprietors did not attend them, sources stated.

The Hajj workplace couldn’t communicate with at least 12 hajj business enterprise owners over phone or by means of e-mail and letters, they added. A overall of 126,798 pilgrims from Bangladesh are scheduled to perform Hajj this 12 months. “We’ll take action towards the employer proprietors involved in the event that they fail to collect their DOs within the stipulated time. We’re trying to ship all of the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to carry out Hajj,” Md Hafiz Uddin, joint secretary (Hajj) of the religious affairs ministry, instructed The Independent the day prior to this. The spiritual affairs ministry had summoned sixty eight business enterprise owners, who are but to accumulate DOs, for the listening to hung on Monday.
“At least 40 employer owners out of sixty eight attended the listening to. They have been requested to acquire the DOs by using today (Tuesday),” said Hafiz Uddin.
According to the list, the corporation owners did no longer accumulate the DOs of three,860 pilgrims. “Many organisation owners have already submitted the DOs after the meeting held on Monday. But around 1,500 DOs are but to be submitted,” stated Hajj office director Syful Islam. He also stated that the ministry worried became trying to send all the pilgrims to carry out Hajj. Some of the agency owners did no longer attend the hearing, bringing up diverse motives, Shahadat Hossain Taslim, secretary trendy of Hajj Agencies’ Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), informed this correspondent yesterday. The HAAB become geared up to help the authorities in taking movement in opposition to the errant agency proprietors, he stated. This correspondent tried to talk to a few organisation proprietors who’re but to post the DOs, but many disconnected the phone after mastering the call become from a newspaper workplace.
“A overall of 252 pilgrims pre-registered their names with us. At least sixteen pilgrims received’t go to perform Hajj this year due to diverse motives,” Zahirul Islam, government officer of M/s Mother Travels International, told this correspondent.
Meanwhile, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has already cancelled 16 scheduled Hajj flights due to a shortage of pilgrims.
The Saudi embassy in Bangladesh had issued 123,424 visas, including management visas, for the pilgrims. A general of 89,958 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia for Hajj, which is likely to be finished on August 20, challenge to the sighting of the moon.
Religious affairs ministry sources said 89,958 pilgrims had flown to Saudi Arabia by 267 flights —131 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and 136 of Saudi Airlines — until August 6. Of them, four,761 went below authorities control and 85,197 beneath personal control.
Of the Bangladeshi pilgrims who went to Saudi Arabia, 21, such as 4 girls, have died because of diverse illnesses on the grounds that July 14.

 

National Desk, Alltimenews.com