In a transfer which will carry aid to the state dealing with an acute scarcity of important provides, Punjab farmer our bodies protesting towards the Centre’s farm legal guidelines on Saturday determined to raise their blockade of passenger trains for 15 days from Monday. Nevertheless, the farmer our bodies stated they are going to once more block the rail tracks if the federal government didn’t resolve their points. The practice companies have remained suspended within the state since September 24, when farmers launched their rail roko agitation towards the Centre’s just lately enacted agriculture-related legal guidelines. Earlier, farmers had allowed freight trains however the Railways refused to renew these, saying it might both function each freight and passenger trains or none. The choice to raise the blockade of passenger trains got here after a gathering of farmer leaders with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
We have now determined to permit passenger trains from November 23 night, stated Darshan Pal, president of the Krantikari Kisan Union. The Punjab CM too welcomed the choice. Had a fruitful assembly with Kisan Unions. Glad to share that beginning 23rd Nov evening, Kisan Unions have determined to finish rail blockades for 15 days. I welcome this step since it would restore normalcy to our economic system. I urge Central Govt to renew rail companies to Punjab forthwith, tweeted Amarinder. Earlier than assembly the Punjab CM, farmer organizations held their very own assembly to deliberate on the problem. The choice was taken whereas holding in thoughts the curiosity of Punjab, Buta Singh Shadipur, president of the Bharati Kisan Manch, advised the media after the assembly right here.
He stated the choice has not been taken underneath any strain both from the Centre or the Punjab authorities. If the Centre doesn’t resolve our points, we’ll once more block rail tracks,” he stated.
Farmer leaders additional stated they are going to go nationwide as per their November 26-27 “Delhi Chalo” march name. Buta Singh Burjgill, president of the BKU (Dakonda), stated their protests at toll plazas, exterior railway stations, purchasing malls and residences of BJP leaders will proceed.
The suspension of the practice companies has hit the provides of fertilizers for farming, coal for thermal energy crops, and gunny luggage for paddy procurement. Farmer our bodies are additionally underneath strain from the trade, which has seen a lack of about Rs 30,000 crore due to the suspension of products trains within the state. The products trains within the state remained suspended for practically two months, besides for 2 days on October 22 and 23. Farmers have expressed apprehension that the brand new legal guidelines would pave an approach for the dismantling of the minimal help value system, leaving them at the “mercy” of huge corporates.
They’ve been demanding that these new legal guidelines ought to be repealed.