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Govt steps likely to bring down inflation: Pranab

business Updated: Apr 11, 2011 13:57 IST

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that while food inflation has come down, it still remained a matter of grave concern and steps are being taken to bring it down.

"Food inflation has come down from 20% in February 2010 to 8.9% in March 2011. But still it is very high," Mukherjee said in Kolkata on Monday.

He said that all the necessary economic measures had been taken to bring down inflation. "We have taken both demand and supply side measures to bring inflation down."

He said that while there is a short supply in food production, "measures have been taken to improve the supply position."

Besides, to curb the excessive demand, spurred by rise in disposable income at middle class level, the RBI has been mopping up excess liquidity by varying the repo and reverse repo rates from time to time.

"I hope these two measures will have a sobering effect on inflation", he said.

The government has revised its inflation forecast for the period ending March 31 to 7.5% from 7% due to a host of problems, including high crude prices. This, however, is still lower than the RBI estimates of inflation at 8% for the given period.