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Govt working on short, medium-term measures to control price rise: FM Sitharaman

Govt working on short, medium-term measures to control price rise: FM Sitharaman

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said perishable goods are putting upward pressure on inflation and the government is working on both short and mediumterm measures for controlling price rise.

The wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation rose to a seven-month high of 1.32 per cent in September, while retail inflation was at eight-month high of 7.34 per cent on spiralling prices of food items, especially vegetables.

Speaking to reporters, Sitharaman said floods in certain districts have led to uptick in prices of perishable goods, and the government is taking steps for their better preservation, long shelf life and providing weather proof storage, particularly for crops like onion and potato.

“Strictly, the perishable goods are the one which went up…and its more because some districts got flooded…The government is working on both short-term and mediumterm steps. Import where necessary for short duration and for mediumterm, enough investment is being attracted to and incentives being provided to create agri infrastructure,” she said.

The Reserve Bank in a report on the state of economy on Wednesday had also flagged unrelenting pressure of inflation as a downside risk confronting the prospects of economic recovery.

“The foremost is the unrelenting pressure of inflation, with no signs of waning in spite of supply management measures…There is a grave risk of generalisation of price pressures, unanchoring of inflation expectations feeding into a loss of credibility in policy interventions and the eventual corrosion of the nascent growth impulses that are making their appearance,” RBI said.

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