Economy

PM confident inflation will fall to 7% by end-March

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 16, 2011

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh (file photo). -- S. Subramanium   -  S. Subramanium

Exuding confidence that inflation will fall to 7 per cent by March-end, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today said the Government was trying to tackle the situation without hurting growth, which he pegged at around 8.5 per cent for the entire fiscal.

Addressing editors of the electronic media, Dr Singh said the Government is trying to strike a balance between growth and inflation, despite the government having no control over international events, which are partly fuelling the price rise.

“By the end of this (fiscal) year, inflation rate should come down to no more than 7 per cent,” he said.

He said inflation, particularly that of food, has been a major concern in recent months, but the government was trying to deal the situation without hurting growth prospects.

Food inflation has been hovering above 15 per cent in the past few months before falling to 13.07 per cent in the last week of January.

Dr Singh said the Government is trying its best to deal with inflation, but “we don’t have at our disposal” instruments to insulate the Indian economy from international events such as the developments in Egypt, which have resulted in spiralling crude oil prices.

“We don’t have control over international events... oil prices are rising, food prices are also rising,” Dr Singh said.

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Published on February 16, 2011
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