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Capt dials Shah; says goods train services to resume soon

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8

Reassuring smooth and safe goods train movement in the state, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said he had spoken to Home Minister

Amit Shah for his intervention to ensure restoration of rail services and was hopeful of the early resolution of the issue.

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Help soldiers come home for Diwali

The government is closely engaged with farmer organisations to persuade them to lift blockade completely to allow passenger trains too so that Punjabis, including the 1.5 lakh soldiers stationed in various places, can come home for Diwali. — Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

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He had spoken to Shah yesterday to discuss the situation and assured him that there were no law and order concerns to prevent resumption of the services for facilitating supply of essential commodities in Punjab and neighbouring states, including Himachal, Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, all of which were suffering losses due to the continued suspension of trains.

He pointed out that the security concerns could, however, be serious for the nation if essential supplies did not reach the armed forces in Ladakh and the Valley before snowfall due to the Railways' decision not to ply goods trains immediately.

Countering "misinformation" being spread on this count, Capt Amarinder said all tracks had been cleared by farmers for movement of freight trains. "The situation on the ground is totally peaceful and conducive to safe transportation of goods," he had told Shah.

He said the agitating farmers had not disturbed peace in any part of the state over the past few weeks. Restating his earlier assurance to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the CM told Shah he had directed the Punjab Police to extend all support to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in providing security on the tracks as well as the platforms to enable smooth movement of freight trains, for which the Kisan Unions had already eased their blockade.

He said it was the joint responsibility of the Central and state governments to ensure that the train services were resumed at the earliest. He said the government was closely engaged with the farmer organisations to persuade them to lift their blockade completely to allow passenger trains too so that Punjabis, including the 1.5 lakh soldiers stationed in various places, could come home for Diwali.

Pointing out that it was in Punjab's interest to ensure early revival of rail services, Capt Amarinder termed as unfortunate the attempts by the Opposition, including some BJP leaders, to politicise the issue.



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