Price rise is a problem: Sonia Gandhi
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday conceded that price rise is a problem, but attributed it to international factors and said all steps are being taken to check inflation.
"I agree that price rise is a problem concerning all of us. We are making untiring efforts to tackle it," Gandhi said addressing the party's 'Dhanyavad Rally' in the Capital.
The Congress president said certain international factors were behind the price rise. "For example, the cost of petrol and diesel are not in our hands," she said.
She added that the Government was nevertheless making efforts to ensure that the prices do not increase as much as they would due to international reasons.
Gandhi said the Government has not increased the price of kerosene keeping in view interests of the poor. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also referred to the efforts made by his Government to keep the prices of petrol and diesel under check.
Besides, he said while the prices of kerosene have not been increased, that of LPG has been increased by only Rs 40.
Singh also said that despite price rise globally, the Government has not affected any hike in the prices of fertilisers to help farmers.