The farmers’ unions said they will be lifting the blockade for 15 days during which the central government should hold talks, adding that the protests will resume if the government failed to resolve the issue.
“Farmer unions have announced allowing resumption of all trains from the day after tomorrow for 15 days during which Central Govt should open talks. If talks don’t happen in 15 days, then agitation will resume,” officials said in a statement.
The decision to allow passenger trains in the state came after a meeting of representatives of farmer leaders with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.
Welcoming the farmers’ decision to end rail blockade for 15 days, Amarinder Singh said the move will restore normalcy to our economy.
“Had a fruitful meeting with Kisan Unions. Happy to share that starting November night, Kisan Unions have decided to end rail blockades for 15 days. I welcome this step since it will restore normalcy to our economy. I urge Central Govt to resume rail services to Punjab forthwith,” Amarinder said in a tweet.
Had a fruitful meeting with Kisan Unions. Happy to share that starting 23rd Nov night, Kisan Unions have decided to… https://t.co/KAcrryOgQf
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1605954694000
Earlier this week, the farm bodies had said that they would allow passengers trains to run in Punjab if the government starts running the goods trains first. However, the Railways had refused to resume goods trains, saying it would either operate both goods and passenger trains or none.
The farmers are protesting against the new agri-marketing laws enacted at the Centre, claiming that they would lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system.
Watch Protesting farmers in Punjab allow train services to resume from November 23