Govt substantially bring down inflation and prices of most food items has come down
During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Goyal was asked if prices of food products had risen due to rise in the price of petrol and diesel.
Goyal emphasized that prices of most food items have come down during the rule of the present government. "During our term, prices have consistently fallen," he said. "Inflation based on Consumer Price Index (Combined) for the month of June 2018 stood at 5 percent as compared to 4.9 percent in May 2018 and 4.6 percent in April 2018.
There has been a significant moderation in overall inflation over the last three years owing to astute macroeconomic management and price monitoring by the government," the minister said.
The Consumer Price Index (Combined) which averaged 4.9 percent in 2015-16, to 4.5 percent in 2016-17 and further declined to 3.6 percent in 2017-18, he said. Similarly food inflation based on Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) has declined from 4.9 percent in 2015-16 to 4.2 percent in 2016-17 and further to 1.8 percent in 2017-18, the minister said.
Food inflation in June 2018 was just 2.9 percent, he said. Goyal said if inflation figures for the last ten, and not just three years, are looked at, they will reveal what is price rise and how it hurts the common man. He said while there may be a temporary rise in the price of a certain commodity largely inflation had remained under control.
Responding to a question on economic growth, he said the International Monetary Fund had not reduced the country's growth projections and the economy was expected to show robust growth of over 7 percent this year as well as the next. "We will be the fastest growing large economy," he said.
The prices of Urad and Moong have shown a similar decrease, he said.
Goyal also said that subsidized food was provided to a large section of the population and a scheme first initiated in Chhattisgarh was being extended to the rest of the country.
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