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41 trains canceled, 11 shorts terminated due to farmer unrest in Punjab: Northern Railway

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Forty-one trains were canceled, while eleven trains ended short due to farmer agitation in Punjab, according to a statement from the Northern Railway.

Most of the trains on the New Delhi-Katra route have been affected.

Punjab farmers have protested against the three agricultural laws: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, and the Farmers’ Agricultural Price Guarantee and Services (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020, since they were passed by Parliament.

The rail ministry had previously said that it has continued to lose revenue as cargo operations remain forcibly suspended due to road blockades in Punjab.

Recently, the Punjab Assembly passed a resolution rejecting three agricultural laws enacted by the central government, and the Prime Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, led a delegation to the Governor, Vice President Singh Badnore, urging him to consent to three bills of the assembly.

On November 4, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh organized a ‘dharna’ at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on the issue of suspension of freight rail services in Punjab from September 24.

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