Punjab Hariyana

Agitating farmers of Punjab withdraw rail stop movement for 15 days

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| Updated: 21 Nov 2020, 07:32:00 PM

Chandigarh, Nov 21 (PTI) As part of a move to provide relief to Punjab, which is facing acute shortage of essential supplies, the state’s farmers organizations have withdrawn their Rail Stop movement against the Center’s three agricultural laws for 15 days from Monday. Decided on Saturday. Farmers’ organizations, however, said that if the government fails to resolve their issues, they will again disrupt the rail tracks. Train services in Punjab have been suspended since September 24 when farmers started their “Stop the Rail” movement against the agricultural laws of the Center.

Chandigarh, Nov 21 (PTI) As part of a move to provide relief to Punjab, which is facing acute shortage of essential supplies, the state’s farmers organizations have withdrawn their Rail Stop movement against the Center’s three agricultural laws for 15 days from Monday. Decided on Saturday. Farmers’ organizations, however, said that if the government fails to resolve their issues, they will again disrupt the rail tracks. Train services in Punjab have been suspended since September 24 when farmers started their “Stop the Rail” movement against the agricultural laws of the Center. Earlier farmers had given consent for movement of goods trains. But the railways refused to re-run the freight trains and said that it would operate both freight trains and passenger trains or operate none. It was decided to lift the blockade of passenger trains after meeting of farmer leaders with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “We have decided to give permission for passenger trains from the evening of 23 November,” said Darshan Pal, president of the Revolutionary Farmers Union. The Chief Minister of Punjab also welcomed the decision. He tweeted, “Meaningful meeting with farmer organizations. It is a pleasure to share this information that from the night of 23 November, farmers’ organizations have decided to end the rail blockade for 15 days. I welcome this step because it will restore normalcy in our economy. I urge the Central Government to resume rail services for Punjab. ”Before meeting Amarinder, the farmers associations held their meeting to discuss the issue. Buta Singh Shadipur, president of Bharti Kisan Manch, told the media after the meeting here, “This decision was taken keeping in mind the interest of Punjab.” He said that this decision has not been taken under pressure from the Central or Punjab government. “If the Center does not resolve our issues, we will disrupt the rail tracks again,” he said, with farmer leaders stating that he would go to the national capital on November 26-27 as per the “Walk to Delhi” march. BKU (Daconda) president Buta Singh Burjgil said that the protests would continue outside toll plazas, outside railway stations, shopping malls and the houses of BJP leaders. The postponement of train services has also affected the supply of fertilizers for farming and coal supply for thermal power stations, as well as paddy procurement. Farmers organizations are also under pressure from industries, which have lost about Rs 30,000 crore due to non-running of goods trains in the state.
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