Agencies must carry pilgrims with Saudi visa after Aug 20: Menon


PV Desk : Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon today said the hajj agencies will have to take responsibility of sending hajjis with visas to Saudi Arabia after August 20.

“We have received allegations that many hajj agencies have rented houses for hajjis in Saudi Arabia from August 20,” he said, adding “If this is true, it will be very hard to tackle the pressure of arranging flights and flight slots to send the hajjis after August 20. So the hajj agencies will have to take the responsibility of sending the hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to evade disaster,”

He came up with the observations while addressing an emergency meeting held at Biman Bangladesh Airlines headquarters in capital’s Kurmitola.

The minister revealed that passports of around 15 thousands hajj pilgrims are yet to be submitted for visa and 16 hajj agencies have not send a single hajj pilgrims till now.

Menon said the government has adopted comprehensive initiative to ensure smooth management of hajj flight and would not tolerate any kind of negligence in this regard.