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Rail Services To Resume In Punjab: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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.

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.

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.

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