Price hike affects nutrition intake of poor: Naveen to PM

Bhubaneswar: Seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s intervention into the ever rising prices of food items, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said poor man`s nutrition intake was badly affected resulting in long term malnutrition and stunted growth.

Stating that the abnormal increase in the prices of essential commodities like pulses, edible oils and others in the last one year, Patnaik pointed out that food inflation has shot up to a six month high of 11.43 per cent. The prices of pulses and edible oils have risen over 20 per cent in the last one year, he said. "As food items form the bulk of the expenditure of the common man, the rising prices have hit him hard," Patnaik told the Prime Minister in a letter.

"Problem is more acute for the poor whose real income gets eroded and nutrition intake gets affected resulting in long term malnutrition and stunted growth." Patnaik said. The Chief Minister blamed it on the repeated price hikes of petroleum products which according to him further weakened the financial condition of poor and middle class as they have a cascading effect on the overall price situation. "In this context, I would request you to intervene in the matter and take suitable steps to control the situation," the Chief Minister told the Prime Minister.