Chandigarh, June 30
A bunch of constructing house owners who’ve rented their premises to Reliance Industries for working its varied companies throughout Punjab on Tuesday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for reopening of their stores which had been laid siege by protesting farmers for the previous a number of months.
Farmers protesting in opposition to the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines should not permitting Reliance stores to function in Punjab.
The house owners stated they’re in a deep monetary disaster and shifting in the direction of chapter as they haven’t been getting any rental incomes for the previous 7-8 months as a result of all Reliance stores are closed because of farmer protests.
They stated the agitating farmers have put their tents exterior varied stores.
Reliance has round 275 stores in Punjab and all of them are shut, they stated.
“We are bearing losses in crores because the buildings are on loans from banks and we’ve to bear the burden of enormous EMIs, municipal taxes, electrical energy and water prices, and so on. Moreover, the livelihood of lakhs of employees, workers and their households has additionally been adversely affected,” stated Prabhnoor Singh Walia from Kapurthala in an announcement right here.
He added that “farmer leaders warn us of extreme penalties if we open the stores. We have even approached the district police and different native authorities however in useless. We have additionally met Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders and ‘Kisan Jathebandeyaan’ a pair of instances and raised our issues however to no avail”.
As per the agreements with the corporate, no rental fee could be made in case there is no such thing as a billing or the shop is closed because of agitation, Walia added.
“We are all Punjabis and totally assist the farmers, however such compelled closure of Reliance’s stores is simply harming Punjab, as Reliance procures quite a bit of merchandise domestically, offers enormous direct and oblique employment to Punjabis and pays enormous taxes to the state.
“No company would have an interest to spend money on the state if they don’t seem to be allowed to function peacefully,” stated Dharampal Singh Nain from Jagraon.
Nirmal Singh from Jalandhar stated, “We have borrowed loans and invested all our hard-earned cash within the properties, however such compelled closure is ruining us.” He added that the stores are open in all different states. “But in Punjab, farmers should not permitting to open even these stores that are below important companies, so we’re right here to request the CM for assist.”
“We additionally attraction to the farmers associations to hold on their protest peacefully in opposition to the federal government however permit Reliance to open its stores.
“Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has already stated in a regulatory submitting that it has no plans of getting into contract or company farming, and it has not bought any agricultural land in India for the aim of contract farming,” stated Manav Sandhu from Tarn Taran.
Sandeep Singh Brar, officer on particular obligation to the Punjab CM who interacted with the aggrieved constructing house owners, assured all doable assist to them and promised to take it up with the CM, as per the assertion. PTI