Bangladesh Cabinet revises Hajj package timeframe

Bangladesh Cabinet on Monday revised the timeframe for deposition of the registration fee of this year’s Hajj pilgrims reducing the amount of initial deposition both for ballotee and non-ballotee hajjis.

As per new schedule, ballotee Hajj pilgrims will have to deposit Taka 51,690 and non-ballotee hajis will deposit Taka 48,331.50 by February 5, 2015 at the time of registration. Hajis will pay rest of the amount of their package by June 10, 2015.

The decision was taken in the regular meeting of the cabinet held in the cabinet room of Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the timeframe has been rescheduled with a view to proper management of the hajj arrangement.

He said the cabinet discussed a report of the Cabinet Division on the progress of execution of the decisions taken by the cabinet during the fourth-quarter (October to December) of 2014.

Musharraf Hossain said the cabinet gave approval to a proposal for formation of a joint venture power sector company namely ‘Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BCPCL)’ comprising North West Power Generation Company Ltd Bangladesh and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC).

In addition the cabinet has given a final approval to the draft of ‘Youth Organizations (Registration and Management) Act, 2015’. The law proposed that local voluntary non-political youth organizations have to take registration from Ministry of Youths instead of Department of Social Welfare.

The law will be applicable for new organizations, the cabinet secretary said. Under the law, the cabinet secretary said, the Ministry of Youths will constitute a National Youth Council and prepare necessary rules to supervise the activities of the youth organizations.

The cabinet, on the very onset, adopted an obituary reference in memory of Gobinda Haldar, an eminent lyricist and music composer of many immortal songs of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971. Citizen of Indian State of West Bengal Gobinda Haldar, died on January 17. –Our Monitor

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