PM meets CMs over price rise


New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his senior Cabinet colleagues and Chief Ministers of 10 states began their deliberations on containing price rise here on April 8 amid fears of inflation crossing the double digit mark.
The meeting was being held even as the Left  parties went ahead  with their nationwide agitation during which they courted arrest  to protest rising  prices.
The core group of Chief Ministers, set up in February, comprises Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Planning Commi-ssion Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia were also at the meeting.
The Prime Minister on the eve of the significant meeting had said: “The country has a problem and I would like all political parties to pool their knowledge, wisdom and experience to evolve practical, pragmatic solutions to these problems.”

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