November 22, 2020

Reinstate Goods Train Services to Punjab: AIKS

THE discussion on November 13, between the representatives of the 29 farmers organisations of Punjab who are in continuous agitation for the last two months with the agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and railway minister Piyush Goyal ended inconclusively due to the adamant stand of the Modi government.  In addition to the national demands of repeal the three Farm Acts and Electricity Bill, the kisan leaders demanded immediate reinstatement of the goods train services to Punjab, permanent solution to the issue of stubble burning and payment of dues to the sugarcane farmers. The Punjab kisan leaders also demanded the central government to hold discussions with the all India leadership of the kisan organisations that are on struggle. On none of these demands, the central government was willing to concede, instead was putting conditions hence the meeting ended without any concrete decision, said the AIKS in a statement issued on November 13.

The AIKS strongly condemned the union government blackmailing the people of Punjab by not taking immediate step to run goods train services to Punjab and resolve the supply crisis in fertilizer and coal and other produces. The people of Punjab are supporting the farmers struggle and the kisan organisations have demanded the central government to ensure supply to Punjab by reinstating goods train services and lifting the economic blockade.  The government is trying to misguide the people and the peasantry by calling the kisan leaders for discussion without being ready to accept any one of their genuine and urgent demands. This is not acceptable to the peasantry and the people of the country. Punjab kisan organisations would meet on the 18th to decide on the future course of action.

AIKS congratulates the Punjab kisan organisations for the unity and determination with which they are providing leadership to this genuine struggle. The entire kisan movement across the country will intensify the struggle and will make the November 26, 27 ‘Delhi Chalo’ and November 26 grameen hartal and  demonstrations across the country successful and continue the struggle till the repeal of the Farm Acts and the Electricity Bill.