Punjab farmers' group KMSC extends 'rail roko' agitation against agriculture bills till 29 Sept

The 'rail roko' agitation had started on Thursday, forcing railway authorities to suspend the operation of special passenger trains in the state

Press Trust of India September 25, 2020 23:42:23 IST
Punjab farmers' group KMSC extends 'rail roko' agitation against agriculture bills till 29 Sept

Farmers, under the aegis of Bharatiya Kisan Union and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), block Amritsar-Delhi National Highway near Phillaur in Jalandhar. ANI

Chandigarh: The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on Friday announced extending its 'rail roko' agitation in Punjab against three farm bills till 29 September. The three-day agitation was scheduled to end on 26 September.

"We have decided to extend our agitation till 29 September. We want the government to resolve the issue of farm Bills," committee president Satnam Singh Pannu said over the phone.

The 'rail roko' agitation had started on Thursday, forcing the railway authorities to suspend the operation of special passenger trains in the state.

Railway authorities had earlier said that 14 pairs of special trains will remain suspended between 24 September and 26 September.

The decision to suspend rail operations had been taken keeping in mind the safety of passengers and protection of railway property from any damage, officials said.

Farmers have expressed apprehension that the farm Bills would pave the way for dismantling of the minimum support price system and they would be at the "mercy" of big corporate entities. The farmers said they would continue their fight till the three farm Bills were revoked.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill were passed by Parliament earlier this week.

The government has said that the proposed legislations will benefit the farmers and help increase their earnings.

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