Farmers elevate slogans as they stage a protest on the NH 54 over non-supply of Urea, in Bathind (PTI)
CHANDIGARH/BATHINDA/AMRITSAR: Punjab farmer unions, which have been protesting for over two months towards the Centre’s three contentious agri-marketing legal guidelines, agreed on Saturday to simply accept chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s attraction and determined to permit passenger trains to run within the state from November 23 until December 10.
The choice to elevate the rail blockade was introduced by Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal at a gathering of farm group representatives with the Punjab CM. Rajewal, nonetheless, warned that the blockade can be resumed if the central authorities failed to carry talks with farmers’ representatives within the subsequent 15 days to deal with their considerations in regards to the contentious legal guidelines.
Farmer leaders Buta Singh Burjgill and Darshan Pal stated regardless of the comfort for passenger trains, all different protests, together with blocking of toll plazas, petrol pumps and companies owned by the Reliance Group, and protests exterior BJP leaders’ residences, would proceed. “The proposed protest in Delhi on November 26-27 stays in drive,” they stated.
Amarinder additionally urged the Modi authorities to reciprocate by restoring all practice companies within the state, and in addition to carry talks with the farmers’ representatives.
The CM stated the blockade had brought on Punjab Rs 40,000 crore in losses thus far. He additionally highlighted the acute scarcity within the state of coal, fertilisers and urea, amongst different important commodities. Numerous industrial items had closed down in Ludhiana and Jalandhar as a result of shortage of uncooked materials, leading to six lakh migrant labourers going again to their natives locations, he informed the unions. He assured the farm leaders that he would meet the PM and residential minister Amit Shah quickly to press for his or her calls for.
The CM additionally promised the farm representatives he would look into their different calls for, together with sugarcane value hike and clearance of dues, in addition to withdrawal of FIRs registered in stubble-burning instances.