Punjab’s protesting farmers, searching for hike in sugarcane costs, to satisfy Cooperation Minister on Sunday

Farmers block railway tracks during their indefinite

2021-08-21 20:24:32

Farmers block railway tracks during their indefinite
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Farmers block railway tracks throughout their indefinite protest demanding increased sugarcane State Advisory Value (SAP), in Jalandhar.

Farmers who had been searching for a hike in sugarcane costs and blocked rail tracks and a nationwide freeway in Punjab’s Jalandhar for the second consecutive day on Saturday, affecting trains and vehicular visitors, have agreed to satisfy the Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa at Chandigarh on Sunday for resolving the continued subject of the cane growers, District Public Relations Officer, Jalandhar knowledgeable.

Some time in the past, farmers have mentioned that if the federal government does not maintain talks with us by Saturday night, then they may a Punjab Bandh name. “We’ll attempt to keep away from imposing a bandh from tomorrow as a consequence of Rakhi,” MS Rai, member of the BKU Doaba mentioned.

In response to railway officers of Ferozepur division, as many as 69 trains had been cancelled, whereas 54 diverted or short-terminated. Rail passengers travelling for ‘Raksha Bandhan’ pageant on Sunday bore the utmost brunt of the blockade.

Scores of farmers had on Friday launched an agitation for an indefinite interval to press the Punjab authorities to just accept their calls for associated to pending dues of sugarcane and hike in cane costs.

On Saturday, they refused to carry the blockade until their calls for had been met. Emergency autos have, nevertheless, been allowed to ply, they added.

Protesters have blocked the Jalandhar-Phagwara stretch of the nationwide freeway close to Dhanowali village of Jalandhar district.

The blockade affected vehicular motion to and from Jalandhar, Amritsar and Pathankot, although the administration diverted the visitors via some various routes.

Farmers sitting on the Jalandhar-Chaheru part have blocked the Ludhiana-Amritsar and the Ludhiana-Jammu rail tracks in Jalandhar, affecting a number of trains, together with the Amritsar-New Delhi Swarna Shatabdi EXP SPL (02030), Amritsar-Dehradun EXP SPL (04664), New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi SPL (02013), and the New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Shri Shakti SPL (02461).

Many rail passengers mentioned they might not attain their locations as their trains had been cancelled.

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“We bought a message within the morning that our prepare scheduled to depart at 8 am has been cancelled. We booked tickets in one other prepare however we’re uncertain whether or not it’s going to run or not,” a person sitting together with his spouse and a baby on the Amritsar railway station mentioned. He added that he was to go to Bhopal.

“Tomorrow (Sunday) is Rakhi pageant, and we have no idea how we’ll attain our vacation spot,” he rued.

One other passenger on the Jalandhar railway station mentioned he was not conscious of the farmers’ agitation and got here to know concerning the cancellation of trains sure for Dehradun after reaching the station.

Bharti Kisan Union (Doaba) basic secretary Satnam Singh Sahni mentioned they’re permitting households travelling for ‘Raksha Bandhan’ to undergo the service lane alongside the nationwide freeway.

Protesting farmers are demanding that the Punjab authorities elevate the state assured value (SAP) of sugarcane and clear cost of arrears to the tune of Rs 200-250 crore.

They’ve already rejected the hike of Rs 15 per quintal introduced by the Punjab authorities a number of days again.

The state authorities had revised sugarcane charges to Rs 325 for the early selection, Rs 315 for mid selection and Rs 310 per quintal for the late maturing selection.

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