New Delhi: A day after banning futures trade in four food commodities and persuading steel producers to slash prices, the government today said more measures were in the offing to curb inflation, which should ease in 8 weeks.
“Government is not helpless and has means to ensure prices are brought down. More measures - both administrative and fiscal - are in the offing to control inflation,” Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar told reporters here.
He said iron ore, steel and cement would continue to remain under the government scanner.
He said a series of calibrated measures would ensure that inflation is brought down by at least one percentage point in the next two months.
Prices of wheat, rice and edible oils have already come down between 1 March and 6 May, Kumar said. Wheat prices have declined by 1.6%, wheat by 9.1% and edible oil by over 18%, he said.
The government yesterday suspended futures trading in gram, refined soya, potato and rubber for four months - a move aimed at arresting speculation-driven price rise to cool inflation that is over 7.5% now.
Besides, steel producers announced cut in prices by up to Rs 4,000 a ton after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.