Results of steps on price rise will be visible soon: PM

The prime minister has told a party meeting that necessary steps have been taken in consultation with chief ministers and the results would be visible in the next few weeks

The results of the steps taken to control price rise would be visible within the next few weeks, prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday, reports PTI.

Dr Singh gave this assurance at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi which deliberated on the issue of rising prices, according to party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar.

The PM told the meeting that necessary steps have been taken in consultation with chief ministers and the results would be visible in the next few weeks.

Chief ministers of Congress-ruled states gave a presentation on steps taken to control price rise.

"We have been asked to take steps to control rising prices and check hoarding and black marketing," Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi said.

The issue of Telangana also came up in the meeting with home minister P Chidambaram stating that the terms of reference of the Srikrishna Committee would be finalised soon.

The issue of 'Mumbai for all' also came up with some leaders being critical of the stand taken by the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Rahul Gandhi was not present as he was away on a tour of Maharashtra. The state’s chief minister Ashok Chavan was among those absent as he was in Mumbai with Mr Gandhi.

This is the first meeting of the CWC in the New Year amidst increasing criticism of the Union government's alleged failure to control prices.

Today's meeting came a day before the conference of chief ministers convened by the prime minister on price rise and at a time when consultations are on for the Union budget to be presented later this month.

The price rise in recent months has led to a veiled attack on agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, with Congress leaders saying that not enough was being done on this front by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a letter to party workers had recently said that the issue of price rise was one of the highest concerns and she had taken up the issue with the prime minister.

The previous CWC meeting on price rise was held in August last year in the wake of the drought situation and rise in prices of essential commodities. The meeting had asked the party and government to observe austerity measures.
 

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