Farmers agitating over sugarcane price hike withdrew Punjab bandh call. The decision was taken after a meeting between farmers and officials in Jalandhar on Monday. On Tuesday, talks between Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and farmer leaders will be held in Chandigarh at 3 pm. Only after this, the farmers will decide on the future strategy.
The Jalandhar-Delhi national highway and railway track in Punjab remained jammed for the fourth day, but it is a matter of relief that the farmers have withdrawn the Punjab bandh call. There was a long meeting of the administration with the farmers, in which it was decided that the farmers would have a meeting with Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh at 3 o’clock on Tuesday, after which Captain Amarinder Singh can announce the new rate of sugarcane purchase.
Farmer leader Manjit Singh Rai said that we have proved that the cost of sugarcane is coming at Rs 470 per quintal, yet we have already demanded Rs 400, so we will stick to it. He has withdrawn the call of Punjab Bandh. There will be a meeting with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Tuesday at three o’clock, even after that, if the hearing is not done, then Punjab Bandh will be announced. Till then the national highway and railway track will remain jammed in Jalandhar.
Captain Sarkar has fixed the price of sugarcane at Rs 325 per quintal. Farmer leaders say that it should be increased, sugarcane farmers had announced to block the highway from August 20, after which traffic on rail and the national highway has come to a standstill for four days. In this, there was a demand to increase the price of sugarcane to Rs 400 and pay arrears of 200 crores.
On Monday, several senior officials from Chandigarh reached Jalandhar and held a meeting with the farmers. The administrative officers urged the farmers to lift the sit-in demonstration, the matter will be ended by holding their meeting with the CM on Tuesday. The farmers have accepted that they will not shut down Punjab but the dharna will not be raised. Therefore, all eyes are on the meeting to be held with the CM on Tuesday.
Railways refunded Rs 53.65 lakh to passengers
Seema Sharma, Railway Divisional Manager, Rail Division Ferozepur, issued a statement saying that many trains running from the division were canceled due to the farmers’ agitation. People could not travel in these trains, so the division has refunded Rs 53.65 lakh to them. The DRM said that 12300 passengers could not travel due to the cancellation of trains. That is why he has been refunded Rs 53.65 lakh by the Railways. Refunds are from August 20 to August 23.