One disappointing aspect of yesterday's lacklustre Union Budget was the near absence of any express measures to address the continuing food inflation in the country. What are the reasons for the persisting food inflation and what could be done to ameliorate the situation? I had interviewed Prasenjit Bose, the convenor of the research unit of the CPI(M) to answer these questions sometime back.
As food inflation continues to rage at very high levels, the Left Parties alongwith their secular allies have called for an anti-price rise agitation from February 3 to February 9, 2011 across the country. Pragoti reproduces Q&As issued by the CPI (M) on the causes of food inflation, which also spell out the steps needed to mitigate inflation and provide relief to the people.