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FM expresses concern over rising food inflation

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today expressed concern over rising food inflation, saying it is perilously near double digits.

business Updated: Aug 25, 2011 15:19 IST

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed concern over rising food inflation, saying it is perilously near double digits.

"It is bad news that inflation has increased. Weekly inflation from August 6 to 13 has gone up... I am more concerned about food inflation, which is perilously near double digits, from 9.03 to 9.80%," said finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The finance minister, however, maintained that the weekly inflation figures are variant and an assessment should be made on the basis of a relatively longer period.

"As I have always maintained, weekly inflation figures are variant. We should make an assessment on the basis of a relatively longer period," Mukherjee said outside Parliament.

Mukherjee said that primary articles recorded 12.40% inflation for the week ended August 13, up from 11.64% in the previous week.

Inflation in non-food articles, which include fibres, oil seeds and minerals, stood at 17.80% for the week ended August 13, compared to 16.07% in the previous week.

Citing the reasons for the rise, Mukherjee said this is mainly because of non-food primary articles. "It is mainly because of the rise in prices of flowers, raisins and series of rapeseeds like groundnut seed, mustard seed, flower seed."

Meanwhile, fuel and power inflation stood stable at 13.13% for the week ended August 13, the same as in the week ended August 6.