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PM meets top advisors to discuss current economic situation

Amid concerns over high inflation and dipping growth, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today held informal talks with top economic advisors and officials to discuss the present economic situation.

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2011 19:04 IST

Amid concerns over high inflation and dipping growth, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday held informal talks with top economic advisors and officials to discuss the present economic situation.

The meeting was attended by Reserve Bank of India governor D Subbarao, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) chairman C Rangarajan, besides some senior officials.

While there was no official word on what transpired at the meeting, sources said they informally deliberated on the current Indian and global economic scenarios.

The informal meeting comes days ahead of the second quarter monetary policy review of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 25. The central bank has already raised interest rates 12 times in the last 18 months to tame rising prices.

There are indications that RBI may continue with its current hard monetary stance in view of both headline and food inflation remaining close to the double-digit mark, much above the comfort level for the central bank.

"The meeting (with PM) is on the current economic situation. We will have a discussion on growth and inflation, and consider the policy options in this regard," PMEAC chairman C Rangarajan had said on Friday.

Headline inflation stood at at 9.72% in September as food products, fuel and manufactured goods grew costlier, a development that is likely to prompt RBI to continue with its policy of monetary tightening.

Indian economy grew by 7.7% in the first quarter, the slowest growth in 18 months, against 8.8% in the same period of the previous fiscal.

Industrial output also remained subdued for the second consecutive month in August, registering a growth of just 4.1%.