The issue came up during an interaction Singh had with members of the prestigious National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) Centre where he was told by some of them that inflation was a result of farming cost which has gone up by 20 percent in the last 4-5 years on account of MNREGA and regular hike in MSP, sources said.
The meeting with members of the NCAER, an institute with which Singh was associated for about six years from 1976, saw a detailed discussion on the agriculture sector amid concerns over rising prices of the farm produce.
Singh made it clear that the government had to undertake the programme, like MNREGA, and raise MSP to empower people at the lowest strata of the society.
He asked the economists to suggest solutions to bring down prices while keeping this aspect in mind as he contended that ‘the best is yet to come’ in the sector. Sources noted that due to schemes like rural job guarantee programme and hikes in MSP, the per capita income in rural areas has shown a substantial improvement.