Chandigarh, June 30
A bunch of constructing house owners who’ve rented their premises to Reliance Industries for working its numerous companies throughout Punjab on Tuesday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for reopening of their shops which have been laid siege by protesting farmers for the previous a number of months.
Farmers protesting towards the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines aren’t permitting Reliance shops to function in Punjab.
The house owners stated they’re in a deep monetary disaster and transferring in the direction of chapter as they haven’t been getting any rental incomes for the previous 7-Eight months as a result of all Reliance stores are closed resulting from farmer protests.
They stated the agitating farmers have put their tents outdoors numerous shops.
Reliance has round 275 shops in Punjab and all of them are shut, they stated.
“We’re bearing losses in crores because the buildings are on loans from banks and we have now to bear the burden of giant EMIs, municipal taxes, electrical energy and water expenses, and many others. Furthermore, the livelihood of lakhs of staff, staff and their households has additionally been adversely affected,” stated Prabhnoor Singh Walia from Kapurthala in an announcement right here.
He added that “farmer leaders warn us of extreme penalties if we open the shops. We’ve even approached the district police and different native authorities however in useless. We’ve additionally met Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders and ‘Kisan Jathebandeyaan’ a few occasions and raised our issues however to no avail”.
As per the agreements with the corporate, no rental cost will be made in case there is no such thing as a billing or the shop is closed resulting from agitation, Walia added.
“We’re all Punjabis and absolutely assist the farmers, however such pressured closure of Reliance’s shops is simply harming Punjab, as Reliance procures numerous merchandise regionally, supplies enormous direct and oblique employment to Punjabis and pays enormous taxes to the state.
“No company would have an interest to put money into the state if they don’t seem to be allowed to function peacefully,” stated Dharampal Singh Nain from Jagraon.
Nirmal Singh from Jalandhar stated, “We’ve borrowed loans and invested all our hard-earned cash within the properties, however such pressured closure is ruining us.” He added that the shops are open in all different states. “However in Punjab, farmers aren’t permitting to open even these shops that are below important companies, so we’re right here to request the CM for assist.”
“We additionally attraction to the farmers associations to hold on their protest peacefully towards the federal government however enable Reliance to open its shops.
“Reliance Industries Restricted (RIL) has already stated in a regulatory submitting that it has no plans of getting into contract or company farming, and it has not bought any agricultural land in India for the aim of contract farming,” stated Manav Sandhu from Tarn Taran.
Sandeep Singh Brar, officer on particular obligation to the Punjab CM who interacted with the aggrieved constructing house owners, assured all potential assist to them and promised to take it up with the CM, as per the assertion. PTI