Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that Indian Railways is going to start services to and from Punjab as the farmer’s unions have announced the removal of the blockers for more than two weeks.
“After the postponement of the farmer movement on railway tracks and stations in Punjab from November 23, Indian Railways is going to start rail services from and through Punjab,” Goyal tweeted.
“Passengers, farmers, and industries will be benefited by the removal of the impasse in train operations,” he added.
पंजाब में 23 नवंबर से रेलवे ट्रैक व स्टेशनों पर किये जा रहे किसान आंदोलन के स्थगित होने पर भारतीय रेल पंजाब, तथा पंजाब से होकर जाने वाली रेल सेवाओं को शुरु करने जा रही है।
पिछले कई दिनों से ट्रेन संचालन में बना हुआ गतिरोध दूर होने से यात्रियों, किसानों, व उद्योगों को लाभ होगा।
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 23, 2020
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had announced that the striking farmers’ unions have decided to suspend the blockades for 15 days from the night of 23 November and urged the Center to resume rail services in the state.
“Happy to share that starting November 23 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 the Central Government to resume rail services to Punjab forthwith,” the Chief Minister had tweeted after meeting farmers unions on Saturday.
Had a fruitful meeting with Kisan Unions. Happy to share that starting 23rd Nov 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. pic.twitter.com/shmIZPHFR0
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 21, 2020
In September, farmers in Punjab were staging ‘rail-stop’ protests against the laws passed by the central government. Given the agitation, the Railway Ministry suspended the goods railway services. Also, many trains were canceled, while some of them were terminated.
The three agriculture laws include — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.