Chandigarh: Rail passengers are likely to trouble as farmers’ in Punjab would be blocking rail traffic on October 7 and 8 at several places in the state to protest against SAD-BJP led government’s “anti-farmer” policies.
As part of their plan to intensify their agitation, eight farmers’ organisations, including BKU Ekta (Dakunda), BKU Ekta (Ugrahan), BKU (Krantikari), Kirti Kisan Union will disrupt train movements for two days in the state.
“We are going ahead with our plan to block rail traffic on October 7 and 8 at different places in Punjab to press the Centre and state government to accept our demands,” BKU (Ugrahan) General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri said today.He said that farmers would disrupt rail services at about 12 places including Rampura in Bathinda, Mansa, Sunam in Sangrur, Moga, Beas, Phillaur in Jalandhar, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Patiala.
Among various other demands, farmers in Punjab have been demanding Rs. 40,000 per acre compensation for those whose crop got damaged by white-fly attack.They are also demanding higher compensation for cotton growers and remunerative rates for basmati crop.
Railways had already asked Punjab government to prevent protesting farmers from disrupting rail services, saying passengers had to face harrowing time because of such protests.