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Don't cheat pilgrims in name of business: President

He says at Hajj inaugural programme

July 03, 2019 00:00:00

President Abdul Hamid exchanging pleasantries with the pilgrims while inaugurating the Hajj programme -2019 at Ashkona Hajj Camp in the city on Tuesday — PID

President Abdul Hamid warned on Tuesday against negligence, irregularities and corruption in Hajj management saying that individuals, agencies and institutions involved in such practices will be punished, reports UNB.

He said this while delivering his speech during the inaugural ceremony of the Hajj programme-2019 at the Hajj Camp in city's Ashkona in the afternoon.

He also met the pilgrims.

"You make profit from Hajj pilgrims. Don't cheat them. It's very sensitive," the President said.

He warned that anyone found guilty of mismanagement will be punished.

President Hamid also urged concerned ministries to ensure punishment for government employees for negligence, irregularities and corruption in Hajj management.

He praised the role of private Hajj agencies in Hajj management.

"More than 95 per cent Hajj pilgrims go to Saudi Arabia through Hajj agencies. From the previous experience, it's been seen that many agencies don't keep their word to the pilgrims after reaching Mecca-Madina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face trouble," the President said.

He said when Hajj pilgrims face problems, they observe various programmes including hunger strikes.

"Such activities hurt the country's image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims isn't desirable," the President said.

The head of the state also requested HAAB (Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh) representatives to ensure proper management so that Hajj pilgrims do not face any harassment in Mecca-Madina.

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