New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that he is confident that moderation in inflation would continue in the coming months, though softening in the prices of manufactured goods despite the rapid decline in non-food primary inflation, may be more gradual.
Reacting to the monthly headline inflation figures released today, Mukherjee said that he now expects that the March end 2012 inflation will be closer to six per cent.
He said that the main worry going forward is on edible oils, milk and some animal proteins which may continue to threaten food inflation, as the required institutional reforms in agricultural marketing and improvement in storage and cold chains will operate with a lag.
He further said that moreover, these are areas where States have to take a lead and take advantage of Central Government initiatives in these areas announced in the last two Union Budgets.
The annual headline inflation rate (year-on-year) for January 2012 has declined to 6.55 per cent as against 7.47 per cent in December 2011 and 9.47 per cent in January, 2011.
There has been a significant decline in January food inflation, which is negative at -0.52 per cent for the first time in the present round of inflation.
The manufactured inflation has declined to 6.49 per cent from 7.41 per cent in the preceding month. Inflation in fuel and power group of items has also declined, though only marginally. (ANI)
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