Badal blames UPA-govt for inflation

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Mohali, June 24 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today blamed the UPA government for the unprecedented rate of inflation and claimed that the Centre was least concerned about the common man.

Talking to the mediapersons on the side lines of the inaugural function of Picasso Animation College here Mr Badal said that the Centre was solely responsible for the exorbitant price hike.

On the education front, he reiterated the government's firm commitment to impart quality education to the students in the rural areas. He said that the state government had chalked out a week long district wise programme starting from today to provide career counseling to the students especially to those who had passed matriculation in first division, so as to enable them to opt for subjects of their choice according to their aptitude and caliber.

Asked to comment on the recent shoot out incident in which an innocent Sikh was killed and many others injured in Mumbai, Mr Badal termed these happenings as tragic and most unfortunate. In an emotional appeal, the Chief Minister urged all the sections of society to maintain peace, communal harmony and brotherhood at all costs.

He made a firm resolve to maintain peace in the state under all circumstances and assured that no one would be allowed to disturb the hard earned atmosphere of peace, unity and amity in the state.

To another question about the issue of seat sharing in the forthcoming municipal elections in the state, he categorically stated that SAD-BJP alliance had already sorted out this issue amicably.

Earlier, Mr Badal along with Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia lighted a lamp to mark the inauguration of the college and released an animated film CD 'Chota Bhim' developed by the students of the institution. Mr Badal hoped that this prestigious institution in hi-end animation training would cater to the ever growing demand for highly skilled animation professionals.

Taking part in the deliberations, Director to the College, Suren Uppal said that the aim of this institution was to develop the professional pool of skilled animators.

He mentioned that this prestigious institute would ensure gainful employment to the students.

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