Centre-CMs meet on food prices on January 27

The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, official sources said here. Earlier, the states had demanded that the Centre convenes a meeting with Chief Ministers to devise a combined strategy to bring down the rising food prices.

The Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that the states were not lifting food stocks alloted to them for the purpose of public distribution system at satisfactory level. The meeting assumes importance as food prices continued to be high, even as their rate of rise has come down during the recent weeks. As per the data released on Thursday, food inflation declined to 16.81 during the week ended January 9 from 17.28 a week ago.

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