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‘Rail roko’ agitation against controversial farm bills in Punjab extended till September 29

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Punjab: Amid protests against controversial farm bills passed by the Parliament of India, Sarwan Singh Pandher, State Secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has informed that rail roko farmers’ agitation in Punjab, which was scheduled to conclude on September 26, has been extended by three days.

Keeping in view the strike called by the furious farmers, the state’s Railways department has cancelled at least various special trains running from the Ferozepur division from September 24 to 26.

According to a report by news agency ANI, the decision was taken in view of safety of passengers and the protection of railway property.

“On September 27, members of women’s groups will join the protest, while on September 28, youth will take part in the protest on the occasion of Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary,” the report quoted Pandher as having said.

“We will not allow any leaders of the political parties to address the farmers at the protest site. Our struggle will continue till recently passed farm bills are not withdrawn,” he added.

Similar protests against the farm legislations have been witnessed in various parts of the country including Haryana and Odisha.

On September 17, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Cabinet of India, displaying her opposition to the three Bills.

According to the government of India, these Bills will help small and marginal farmers by allowing them to sell produce outside Mandis and sign agreements with agribusiness firms and doing away with stock-holding limits on key commodities.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by Parliament on Sunday.

 

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