Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Retail food prices rising since Jan: Govt

To check rising prices, the government is taking steps like reducing import duty on wheat, onion, pulses, crude palm oil to zero and cutting down the import duty on vegetable oil

Retail food prices rising since Jan: Govt (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Retail prices of essential food commodities like wheat, rice, sugar, pulses and edible oil have witnessed an upward trend since January this year, Parliament was informed today.

"The monthly average retail prices from January, 2012 onwards show an upward trend in the case of rice, wheat, pulses, edible oils, sugar and vegetables," Food and Consumer Affairs Minister KV Thomas said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

The was a considerable increase in the case of gram dal, groundnut oil and sugar, while, milk prices remained more or less steady during January-October in 2012, he added.

As per the data presented by the minister, rice prices rose to Rs 24.22 per kg in October 2012 from Rs 20.51 per kg in January 2012.

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