The Fact News Service
Punjab November 10
The ongoing struggle by the farmers’ organizations for repeal of the Agriculture Act and the uncertainty of the Centre’s operation of trains in Punjab now seems to be weighing heavily on the well-wishers who are celebrating the joys of the festival in their families.
The desire to celebrate Diwali, Chhath Puja and other festivals with their families is likely to be eclipsed this time due to non-operation of trains. This is a difficult time for military personnel, migrant workers and those working in remote areas who are away from their families.
Due to the efforts of the Punjab government, the farmers have agreed to leave the railway tracks for freight trains, but due to their announcement not to allow passenger trains to run, the situation may remain as it is. With this not only those who want to come to Punjab from outside states but also those who want to go to their own states from Punjab are in a state of trouble.
Military or paramilitary personnel traveling from Jammu and Kashmir to other parts of the country have been deprived of sharing the joys of the festival with their families due to deafening of Punjab’s railway tracks, as the only route to Jammu and Kashmir. Pathankot is the only one. As a result, many Army personnel who want to return home on Diwali have changed their minds.