Resumption of rail services has brought a major relief for Reaper manufacturers of Mansa district as one of the major industry firms were facing acute shortage of raw material and labor. As the reaper industry is purely based upon the supply of iron ore from Durg-Bhilai of Jharkhand, the supply of iron sheets, pipes and other required material was affected severely.Sukhchain Singh, owner of Guru Reaper Mansa, said that as the trains were off the track, we had to buy required raw material on higher rates as compared to regular supply rates. He said that due to the rail blockade, they were forced to buy same iron sheets more than Rs. 10 costly as compared to normal supply rates. He added that annual turnover of several firms in Mansa district was in crores and all these firms were struggling for their existence.Harvinder Singh of Harvindra Agro Industry Kanakwal Chahalan said that they were facing acute shortage of labor as the laborers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh prefer to travel via trains than buses or any other means of transport. He added that now we had contacted them over phone and they were ready to come in near future. He added that apart from labor problem, they were also facing shortage of raw material as it got stuck on the various ports. He said that now they were hopeful that it would reach to them soon and all the problems will be resolved.Meanwhile, MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and said that timely intervention of state government has persuaded the farmers to clear the rail tracks to bring Punjab’s economy back on track. He said that after the downfall of almost two months, the industry was now hopeful for better business as sufficient supply would be available for their required production. He added that rail services would also ensure smooth and cheaper transportation of manufactured items of industrial units of Punjab.