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Farm unions to take stir beyond Punjab

Ruchika M Khanna

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, October 21

Representatives of Punjab’s farm unions will attend a gathering of farm organisations in Delhi on October 27 in a bid to take their stir in opposition to the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines past Punjab’s borders. Within the meantime, the farmers will proceed to carry dharnas exterior the residences of Punjab BJP leaders in addition to exterior toll plazas, gas stations and retail companies run by three company homes which farmers consider are the supposed beneficiaries of the Centre’s transfer to “corporatise” agriculture.

Representatives of 30 unions (aside from the most important BKU Ekta Ugrahan), at a marathon assembly right here right this moment, determined to permit the products trains to run. The farmers will shift their protest from the rail tracks to railway stations. Whereas the passenger trains might be stopped, the great trains might be allowed to go.

“We’ll be certain that no passenger prepare leaves station. Since we don’t need Punjab’s economic system to be hit any additional, we’ve determined to permit the motion of products trains,” defined Jagmohan Singh, common secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda).

GM Singh, Divisional Supervisor, Railways, Ambala, mentioned the products trains would begin transferring solely after they obtained clearance from the Authorities Railway Police.

Whereas the business in Punjab is estimated to have suffered a lack of Rs 40,000 crore since September 24 when “rail roko” was launched, foodgrain shares procured up to now two years should be transported from Punjab to the recipient states instantly to liberate house in godowns for the 170 lakh tonnes of paddy that’s to be procured this season.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who had appealed to the farmers to permit the trains to run, right this moment thanked the unions for accepting his request.

What’s bothering the state farmers

  • Who will bear the procurement value if the Centre ends the MSP regime? Capt Amarinder had mentioned within the Home on Tuesday that the state didn’t have Rs70,000 crore to purchase crops.
  • If the MSP is made necessary, a number of corporates could shun Punjab mandis. Already, Punjab’s excessive taxes are a deterrent. The acquisition of wheat and non-basmati paddy by pvt gamers has up to now been negligible.

No let-up, say Leaders

“We’re holding dharnas at 60 locations, together with exterior the homes of 10 BJP leaders.”— Joginder Singh, BKU Ekta Ugrahan

“The passing of the three farm Payments within the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday is our first victory. However misgivings on MSP persist.”— Satnam S Sahni, BKU Doaba

“Since we don’t need Punjab’s economic system to be hit additional, we’ve determined to permit the motion of products trains.” —Jagmohan Singh, BKU (Dakaunda)

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