The Railways on Friday accused the Punjab authorities of “misguiding” individuals over the extent of blockade of rail tracks within the state by the protesting farmers, hours after the state authorities issued a press release claiming that each one tracks have been cleared for prepare motion. Earlier, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav had stated 22 blockades nonetheless remained to be cleared by the state and the Railways will resume prepare providers in Punjab solely when each passenger and freight trains are allowed to function.
“The restriction on the varieties of trains, routes, locations and cargo and so forth. are not possible to stick to and create enormous uncertainty and danger to the life and security of our Railway personnel and property,” the nationwide transporter stated.
“The state authorities is misguiding by saying that each one tracks are clear for motion of products trains. We request the state authorities to clear the observe and stations for operation of all trains,” it stated.
Prepare providers in Punjab have been suspended since September 24 because of farmers’ protests. Whereas that they had resumed for just a few days in October, the providers had been suspended once more because of issues over the security and safety of prepare crew members.
An announcement from the Punjab dwelling division stated over 30 farmers’ organisations on Friday cleared the railway tracks within the state to permit the motion of freight trains following persuasion by the state authorities.
Sources within the Railways stated the calls for made by the Punjab authorities had been “irrational” and “unfeasible”.
“The communication by the Punjab authorities is deceptive. From the assertion it seems that tracks have been cleared for all of the Railway operations, which is way from the reality. The state appears to need Railways to run solely items trains in the intervening time… Assurance is out there for items trains and never for passenger trains. This isn’t acceptable to Railways,” prime sources within the railway ministry stated.
They stated the Railways is in search of observe clearance in all sections for every kind of prepare operations, including, “states can not choose and select kind of trains for his or her comfort”.
The three farm legal guidelines — the Farmers’ Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement of Value Assurance and Farm Companies Act and the Important Commodities (Modification) Act, 2020 — had been enacted not too long ago.
Farmers’ our bodies protesting in opposition to the legal guidelines have expressed apprehension that these would pave the best way for the dismantling of the minimal assist value system, leaving them on the “mercy” of huge company entities. They demand that the legal guidelines be withdrawn.
The Centre has asserted that these new legal guidelines shall be helpful for farmers and can enhance their earnings.