Centre and states should work in unison on price control : Congress

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New Delhi, Apr 1 (UNI) Refusing to pass the entire blame on the Centre for the inflation, the Congress today said both the Centre and state governments should work in a coordinated manner to rein in the spiralling prices of essential commodities.

"Under the federal system, the state governments also have a share of responsibility in curbing price rise," former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh said here today.

In this context, he said it was for the state government to effectively deal with hoarders and blackmarketeers.

"The Centre could take steps at the macro level. But it is for the states to act tough against hoarders and profiteers," he said.

Mr Singh said the Centre had been taking adequate steps to control price rise through regulatory measures.

When a scribe wanted to know why the Centre could not succeed in bringing down inflation, despite repeated demands for the same by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi during the past two years, Mr Singh said : "She had raised the issue... It is for the government to do it." He, however, added that the government had been doing whatever was possible at its level in the matter of controlling price rise.

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