Oct 292011

Showing her seriousness over high food prices, Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday discussed with food minister K V Thomas steps required to check price rise besides reviewing progress on the proposed food security legislation.

Thomas noted that the average food inflation, which stood at 7 per cent in 2006-07, rose to 14.5 per cent in 2010-11, and is ruling now in the range of 8-11 per cent.

“I told her (Sonia Gandhi) that there was no inflation in food grains and prices were stable. In the case of edible oils, prices have gone up slightly because we import.

“Similarly, prices of milk, meat and vegetables have gone up largely because of change in the consumption pattern and rise in income,” he said.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had asked the state governments to send their comments on the draft bill at the earliest to help the government finalise the bill for introduction in the winter session of Parliament.

The proposed bill aims to provide legal right to subsidised foodgrains to nearly 70 per cent of the country’s population.

Source: The Times of India

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