Concrete steps being taken to check price rise: PM

Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) Admitting concerns in the government over price rise, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday said concrete steps are being taken to check it in the coming fiscal.

Speaking at the All India Congress Committee meeting on the concluding day of the 'Chintan Shivir' here, he said the main reason for hike was rising international prices of crude oil.

He said another factor was a hike in minimum support price of crops by the government for the benefit of farmers.

"The main reason has been an increase in international prices of petroleum products. Second, the prices of crops had been raised substantially for the benefit of farmers," he said.

There was a need to take solid steps to deal with price rise in 2013-14, he said.

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