Food inflation was at 16.22 per cent in the previous week.
According to the Government data, the rise in food prices is mainly driven by pulses, which became dearer by 31.55 pc. Milk prices rose by 18.74 pc on the yearly basis.
On weekly basis, the index for food articles rose by 0.6 pc due to higher prices of barley and milk (3 pc each), moong and condiments and spices (2 pc each), and urad & arhar (1 pc each).
The fuel group inflation for the week ended Mar 20 also rose to 12.75 per cent from 12.68 per cent in the previous week.
The overall inflation has been relentlessly rising and was at 9.89 pc in Feb, up from 8.56 pc in Jan 2010.