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'Rail roko' in Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh appeals to farmers to relax agitation against farm bills

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the farmers to relax their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest to allow goods trains to pass-through. Singh, however, reiterated his government's support to the farmers in their fight against the farm reform laws.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: October 06, 2020 19:56 IST
'Rail roko' in Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh appeals to farmers to relax agitation against farm bills
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'Rail roko' in Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh appeals to farmers to relax agitation against farm bills 

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the farmers to relax their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest to allow goods trains to pass-through. Singh, however, reiterated his government's support to the farmers in their fight against the farm reform laws.

Different farmers' bodies had stepped up their agitation by resorting to blocking rail tracks for an indefinite period from October 1 in the state to protest the new farm legislations. Although farmers under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee have been squatting at rail tracks in Amritsar and Ferozepur since September 24.

In an appeal to the protesting farmers, the chief minister urged them to ease their rail blockade in order to ensure that the state is able to meet its critical needs and ensure that the citizens, including the farming community, are not put to any serious inconvenience in the coming days. In a statement here, the chief minister pointed out that due to the prolonged blockade of goods trains, the situation at Punjab's coal plants is critical and they are left with only five to six days' supply of coal.

Once the supplies run out, the government will be forced to shut down these plants, which will severely impact the state's electricity supply and cause immense hardship to the citizens, he said. Further with not a single fertilizer rake entering Punjab for the last one week, there could be severe shortage of fertilizers for use by farmers for sowing of the wheat crop, he said.

For this, the existing stocks of these foodgrains would have to be lifted and dispatched by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to other parts of the country, he said. Singh asked the farmers to take cognisance of these grave concerns and let goods trains to ply through Punjab in order to allow movement of coal, fertilizers and food grains. Such movement was essential to prevent any serious inconvenience to the farmers and other Punjabis, he said, exhorting the Kisan Unions to heed his personal request in the larger interest of the state.

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