Preparations for farmers’ movement in Punjab again: Statewide train blockade declaration, picket of toll plazas to continue from December 20

News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh

Published by: Ajay Kumar
Thursday, 16 December 2021 06:45 PM Updated to IST

Summary

The toll rate at each toll site has been increased from Rs 5 to Rs 15. One-way fares for cars at Ladowal Toll Plaza on Lodhiana-Jalandhar Road have been hiked from Rs 130 to Rs 135. Ladowal Toll Plaza is the highest revenue earning state in the world. Its daily collection before the dharna was Rs 75 lakh.

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The peasant movement, which ended on the borders of Delhi with the return of the Central Agricultural Laws, is now about to begin once again in Punjab. The Indian Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has warned that it will raise concerns against the hike in toll rates. Ugrahan announced a statewide rail blockade across Punjab from December 20. The farmers’ strike will continue at nine toll plazas in the state until toll rates are withdrawn.

Farmers may have withdrawn their concern after the repeal of the Agriculture Act, but Punjab farmers will have to deal with the concern on other issues. In Punjab, farmers have removed more than 140 permanent fronts across the state, but the farmers’ strike over the hike in toll rates is still going on at toll plazas.

The farmers’ union Indian Kisan Union has warned the Ugrahan government that their strike will continue until the toll plaza prices hike is withdrawn. Meanwhile, leaders of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, which has returned from Delhi following the repeal of three agricultural laws, have announced a statewide train blockade from December 20.

Ugrahan general secretary Sukhedav Singh Kokri Kalan said the nine toll plazas would remain open until the increased toll rates were withdrawn. In Haryana, rates have been hiked, but the state government has announced that toll plazas will continue at the old prices. We are also waiting for the response of the Punjab government. BKU Dakonda President Buta Singh Burj Gill said that our union will stand on 10 toll plazas in Malwa and 10 dharnas in Doba and Mazha toll plazas.

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The peasant movement, which ended on the borders of Delhi with the return of the Central Agricultural Laws, is now about to begin once again in Punjab. The Indian Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti has warned that it will raise concerns against the hike in toll rates. Ugrahan announced a statewide rail blockade across Punjab from December 20. The farmers’ strike will continue at nine toll plazas in the state until toll rates are withdrawn.

Farmers may have withdrawn their concern after the repeal of the Agriculture Act, but Punjab farmers will have to deal with the concern on other issues. In Punjab, farmers have removed more than 140 permanent fronts across the state, but the farmers’ strike over the hike in toll rates is still going on at toll plazas.

The farmers’ union Indian Kisan Union has warned the Ugrahan government that their strike will continue until the toll plaza prices hike is withdrawn. Meanwhile, leaders of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, which has returned from Delhi following the repeal of three agricultural laws, have announced a statewide train blockade from December 20.

Ugrahan general secretary Sukhedav Singh Kokri Kalan said the nine toll plazas would remain open until the increased toll rates were withdrawn. In Haryana, rates have been hiked, but the state government has announced that toll plazas will continue at the old prices. We are also waiting for the response of the Punjab government. BKU Dakonda President Buta Singh Burj Gill said that our union will stand on 10 toll plazas in Malwa and 10 dharnas in Doba and Mazha toll plazas.

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