Addressing the national convention of his party NCP, he said, "I appeal to all state governments they should take the issue of price rise very seriously to protect the interest of consumers otherwise it will be difficult."
Pawar assured that the Central government would assist the states in controlling prices in whatever ways possible.
"Although the soaring prices is a global phenomenon, the government is making determined efforts to contain the prices of food grains and essential commodities," he said
He also admitted that rise in prices of essential commodities have created a serious difficulty for people.
"Some of the reasons for rising prices can be attributed to this year's climatic conditions," he said.
"We are confident that the policies of the government will ensure that rise in certain essential food commodities will definitely be brought under control," he added.