New Delhi: Chief Economic Adviser and chairman of an inter-ministerial group (IMG) Kaushik Basu on Friday had a discussion with Reserve Bank (RBI) Governor D Subbarao to find possible ways to tackle high inflation.

"The RBI's understanding of short-term and long term inflation situation (was explained to the IMG)," RBI Governor Subbarao said, emerging from the meeting.

When asked about RBI's view on inflation he said, "We said everything we needed to say in the (monetary) policy document."

Secretaries from finance, commerce and agriculture ministries who are part of the IMG also attended the meeting.

Earlier this week, the RBI had hiked the key policy rates by 50 basis points to tame inflation, which is seen as an aggressive stand which may slow down economic growth.

With a view to check rising prices, the Reserve Bank has hiked key policy rates nine times since March 2010.

Although food inflation came down to 8.53 per cent in April from the 20 per cent level seen in February last year, actual prices of food items continue to remain high.

This is the third meeting of the IMG since its formation in February to suggest measures to control spiraling prices, particularly that of essential items.

(Agencies)