Centre To Meet Punjab Farmers Protesting Against Farm Laws On Friday

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Centre To Meet Punjab Farmers Protesting Against Farm Laws On Friday

Punjab farm legal guidelines protest: Farmers have blocked roads, rail tracks of their agitations (File)

Chandigarh:

The centre has agreed to satisfy representatives from 31 farmers unions who’ve been protesting in opposition to the controversial farm legal guidelines since early September. To be held on Friday, the assembly would be the first between the 2 sides since protests started and might be attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Invites to the representatives have been despatched. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the choice and urged farmers to raise their blockade of passenger trains within the state. Farmers will nonetheless protest, although, at places away from the tracks and close to freeway toll plazas.

Vociferous agitations in opposition to the farm legal guidelines – which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed as “historic”, however critics really feel will get rid of MSPs and have an effect on small and marginal farmers – had seen tractor rallies, blocked highways and rail rokos at greater than two dozen places throughout the state.

The rail blockade has led to losses to the state economic system value Rs 22,000 crore, minister Sunder Sham Arora informed information company PTI. The Railways has suffered an estimated Rs 1,200 crore loss.

Final week the Chief Minister additionally wrote to JP Nadda, the President of the ruling BJP to warn in opposition to “crucial scarcity” of important winter provides for troopers in Ladakh and Kashmir.

Following talks between the farmers and the state, protesters final week agreed to permit “common” freight practice motion at 21 places throughout the state. The Railways, pressed to restart service, declined to take action, saying it wished to restart freight and passenger companies concurrently.

A quick spat ensued with the state authorities accused of “misguiding” the Railways.

Railway Board chairman VK Yadav stated 100 per cent safety clearance was wanted from the Punjab authorities for all trains to renew operations.

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The set of three farm legal guidelines – cleared by parliament after stunning chaotic scenes – have been met with protests throughout the nation.

Aside from fears it should take away MSPs (a supply of credit score in onerous instances like droughts and crop failure), critics say the legal guidelines depart small and marginal farmers on the mercy of corporates and personal gamers.

The federal government says by eradicating boundaries to inter- and intra-state commerce of farm and agricultural produce, it’s empowering farmers to promote their items at markets and costs of their alternative.

Final month Punjab grew to become the primary state to formally reject and counter the farm legal guidelines; the Meeting handed three payments – every of which is designed to counter one of many centre’s legal guidelines.

One permits authorities to impose positive and a jail time period of not lower than three years on any particular person who buys, or sells, wheat or paddy under the government-mandated MSP.

Since then, Congress-ruled Rajasthan has handed related payments.

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