Farmers across Punjab had set up rail barriers across the state to protest the Centre’s controversial farm laws, which would allow trains (both passenger and freight) to resume service from Monday night, a declaration from farmers’ unions and This was followed by a meeting between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Farmers’ unions said it would remove the blockade for a period of 15 days, but warned that it would be reimposed if it failed to negotiate and resolve their issues.
Soon after the announcement was made, Amarinder Singh tweeted that he welcomed the decision of the farmers and urged the Center to resume rail services in the state.
“There was a fruitful meeting with the Kisan (farmer) unions. Happy to share that starting on the night of 23 November, the Kishan Unions have decided to end the rail blockade for 15 days. I welcome the move as it will restore normalcy to our economy. I insist. Central government to restart rail services in Punjab, ”Mr. Singh tweeted.
The railways had stopped all passenger and freight trains in Punjab after witnessing highways and rail stops blocked by farmers at more than two dozen locations across the state.
Farmers said that if the Center did not accept their demands, their opposition would continue, including immediate repeal of all three agricultural laws. Minister Sundar Sham Arora told news agency PTI that the state’s economy suffered a loss of Rs 22,000 crore due to the blockade. Railways have suffered an estimated loss of Rs 1,200 crore.