On Monday, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said the only way to keep a check on fluctuating food prices (read inflation) is to increase food output in the country.

It doesn’t need much thought to say that he is right. The question is: Can this government do anything about that?

File photo of Pranab Mukherjee

For a government whose spending priorities have been remarkably lopsided, finding a fix for inflation is better described as a dream.