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Farmers raise slogans as they organize a protest on NH 54 over lack of urea supply, in Bathind (PTI)
CHANDIGARH / BATHINDA / AMRITSAR: Punjab Farmers Unions, which have been protesting for more than two months against the Center’s three controversial agricultural marketing laws, agreed on Saturday to accept Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s appeal and decided allow passenger trains to run in the state. from November 23 to December 10.
The decision to lift the rail blockade was announced by Bharti Kisan (Rajewal) Union President Balbir Singh Rajewal at a meeting of representatives of agricultural groups with the Punjab CM. However, Rajewal warned that the lockdown would resume if the central government failed to hold talks with farmers’ representatives within the next 15 days to address their concerns about the contentious laws.
Peasant leaders Buta Singh Burjgill and Darshan Pal said that despite the relaxation of passenger trains, all other protests, including the blocking of toll plazas, gas stations and businesses owned by Reliance Group, and protests in front of to the residences of the BJP leaders, they would continue. “The proposed protest in Delhi from November 26 to 27 remains in effect,” they said.
Amarinder also urged the Modi government to reciprocate by restoring all train services in the state, and also to hold talks with farmers’ representatives.
The CM said that the blockade had so far caused losses of Rs 40 billion in Punjab. He also highlighted the acute shortage in the state of coal, fertilizers and urea, among other basic products. A large number of industrial units had closed in Ludhiana and Jalandhar due to raw material shortages, resulting in six lakh of migrant workers returning to their places of origin, he told the unions. He assured agricultural leaders that he would soon meet with Prime Minister and Interior Minister Amit Shah to press their demands.
The CM also promised farm representatives that it would analyze their other demands, including the increase in the price of sugar cane and the settlement of quotas, as well as the withdrawal of the FIRs registered in cases of stubble burning.