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Punjab MPs meet Amit Shah; seek train service resumption

Farmers block a railway track during a protest against the new farm law, at Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Wednesday, November 4, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

A delegation of Members of Parliament from Punjab met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday to seek the resumption of train services to the State stopped since September due to the agitation by farmers in protest against the three farm bills passed by Parliament in the monsoon session.

There has been a shortage of essential supplies in the State due to the train blockade.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was present at the meeting.

After the meeting, Congress MP Jasbir Singh Gill said they were hopeful that the train services on the affected routes would resume soon.

Talks with railways

The Punjab government would now hold discussions with the Railway Ministry, he told reporters.

Another MP, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, said the delegation briefed Mr. Shah about the entire situation and they got the assurance that the issue would be resolved soon.

There is also a possibility of the formation of a coordination committee comprising representatives of the Central and Punjab governments for holding discussions with the agitating farmers.

Farmers bodies are demanding the withdrawal of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and the Farm Services Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.


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