New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) The BJP today contested the claims of the Government that inflation had come down drastically at 3.6 per cent contrary to the reality where the prices of all essential commodities had increased dramatically under the UPA regime.
BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the facts were otherwise in reality where the prices of all essential commodities, especially the food grains, had increased phenomenally during the last three months. The consumer price index had galloped by 6.4 per cent in one year since August 2006 and food items had seen a steep rise of 9.11 pr cent and the vegetable pricses had shot up by 19.8 per cent.
In Delhi, the index had increased from 430 to 522 during the UPA regime registering an annual increase of seven per cent. Let the Government see it own statistics before making such 'false and misleading' claims, he challenged.
He said the much-touted Aam Admi of the Congress was reeling under the pressure of continuous price rice, prices of all varieties of rice had shot up and the cooking gas and kerosene had all become not just dearer but were in short supply too. The Govenrment must supply edible oil and pulses along with cereals through the PDS at reasonable prices, he demanded.
He said the government must consider changing the base for deciding inflation on the Wholesale Price Index to consumer price index which actually represents real prices at which the common man purchased from retailers. There is also a need to develop a composite and realistic price index to reflect the true price situation.