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Chandigarh, November 21 ( H S ): Punjab
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday succeeded in breaking the
imbroglio over the suspension of train services in the state, with the Kisan
Unions acceding to his appeal and announcing complete lifting of the rail
blockade from Monday, 23rd November, to pave the way for resumption of both
goods and passenger train services in the state after two months.

Soon after the announcement, the Chief Minister urged the
central government to reciprocate by restoring all train services in the state,
and also to hold further talks with the farmer representatives to resolve the
crisis over the Farm Laws.

The decision to lift the rail blockade was announced by Bharti
Kissan Union (Rajewal) President Balbir Singh Rajewal at a meeting of
representatives of the Kisan Unions with the Chief Minister here to resolve the
imbroglio over the rail blockade imposed by the farmers in protest against the
Centre’s Farm Laws. Rajewal, however, warned of resumption of blockade if the
central government fails to hold talks with the farmers’ representatives in the
next 15 days to address their concerns on the Farm Laws. The farmer leaders
urged all political parties in Punjab to get together to support them in their
fight against the central agricultural legislations instead of politicizing the
issue, which was of grave concern to the state.

Thanking the Kisan Unions for accepting his request, the Chief
Minister assured the farmer leaders that he would meet the Prime Minister and
the Union Home Minister soon to press for their demands. “Let us together put
pressure on the Center to see our point of view and understand how these
(central farm) laws would ruin Punjab,” he said, asserting that he was with the
farmers in their fight. “We all have farmer blood in our veins,” he quipped.

Captain Amarinder also promised the farmer representatives that
he will look into their other demands, including those relating to sugarcane
price hike and clearance of dues, as well as withdrawal of FIRs registered in
stubble burning cases. He said he would hold talks with them on these issues
within the next one week, and will also set up a committee of officers to
discuss the matter.

In his appeal earlier, the Chief Minister said his government
would not interfere in their peaceful agitation, which was their democratic
right and which had forced the Centre to rethink on its stand on the Farm Laws.
Terming the fight against the central legislations a partnership between the
state government and the farmers, he said “we have to protect Punjab’s
interests together.”

However, he pointed out that if the rail services are not
restored the state will continue to face immense problems and it was in the
interest of Punjab that the trains should start operating at the earliest. His
heart was full of concern for the state, which included industry, said the
Chief Minister, urging the Kisan Unions to let the train services resume as the
blockade had caused Rs 40000 crore in losses to the state so far. Pointing to
shortage of coal, fertilizer, urea, among other essential commodities, he said
a large number of units had closed down in Ludhiana and Jalandhar due to
scarcity of raw material, resulting in 6 lakh migrant labourers going back to
their natives places.

Captain Amarinder said the Centre’s decision to engage with the
farm unions indicated that they were now realizing the grave repercussions of
their hastily passed Farm Laws, particularly in the context of the omnipresent
Pak threat to disturb India’s, especially Punjab’s peace. Islamabad is sending
guns, drugs, fake currency etc through drones, and a large number of arms and
ammunition had been seized along the Punjab border, he said, adding that it was
the responsibility of every Punjabi to ensure peace.

The representatives of various farmers' organizations who
attended the meeting included: State President, Krantikari Kissan Union Dr
Darshanpal: General Secretary, Jamhoori Kissan Sabha Kulwant Singh Sandhu;
General Secretary, Bharti Kissan Union Ekta (Dakaunda) Jagmohan Singh Patiala;
General Secretary, Kul Hind Sabha Baldev Singh Nihalgarh; President, Kirti
Kissan Union Nirbhai Singh Dhudike; President, Punjab Kissan Union Ruldu Singh
Mansa; General Secretary, Kul Hind Kissan Sabha Major Singh Punnawal;
President, Kissan Sangarsh Committee Inderjeet Singh Kot Budha; State
President, Aazad Kissan Sangarsh Committee Harjinder Singh Tanda; Gurbakhash
Singh Barnala of Jai Kissan Andolan; President, Kissan Sangharash Committee
Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu; President, Bharti Kissan Union Krantikari Surjeet
Singh Phul; President, Bharti Kissan Union (Sidhupur) Jagjit Sisngh Dallewal;
President, Bharti Kissan Union (Qadian) Harmeet Singh; President, Bharti Kissan
Union (Rajewal) Balbir Singh Rajewal; Parminder Singh Palmajra of Bharti Kissan
Union Lakhowal; General Secretary, Bharti Kissan Union (Doaba) Satnam Singh
Sahni; President, Bharti Kissan Union Bogh Singh Mansa; Balwinder Singh Aulakh
of Majha Kissan Committee; President, Indian Farmers Association Satnam Singh
Behru; President, Bharti Kissan Manch Boota Singh Shadipur; Baldev Singh Sirsa
of Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society; Jangbir Singh Tanda of Doaba Kissan
Committee, Mukesh Chander of Doaba Kissan Sangharsh Committee; President, Ganna
Sangarsh Committee Dasuya Sukhpal Singh Daffar; President, Aazad Kissan
Committee (Doaba) Harpal Sangha; Balwant Singh Bramke of Bharti Kissan Union
(Mann); President, Kissan Bachao Morcha Kirpa Singh Nathuwala; President, Kul
Hind Kissan Federation Prem Singh Bhangu; Kiranjeet Sekhon of Kul Hind Kissan
Federation; State President, Bharti Kissan Union (Ugrahan) Joginder Singh
Ugrahan; and State General Secretary, Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Piddi
Group) Sarwan Singh Pandher.

Samachar/Narinder Jagga