The inflation was at 5.79 percent in July and 8.01 percent in August, 2012.

The highest increase was witnessed in case of onion which reported an increase of 245 percent year on year. The price of vegetables in general rose by 77.81 percent making life difficult for the common man.

The high increase in prices was also seen in other essential food items like rice, cereals, egg, meat and fish.

On the positive side, potato prices declined by about 15 percent followed by pulses which became cheaper by 14 percent as compared to August last year. The food items became costlier by 18.8 percent on year on year basis.

In case of manufactured items, sugar and edible oils became cheaper by 4.2 percent and 3.86 percent respectively. Overall, manufactured items showed a moderate increase of 1.9 percent during the month on annual basis.

New Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan, who is scheduled to come out with his first credit policy review on September 20, will have to take into account the rising inflation while announcing steps to boost sagging growth.

Commenting on the rising inflation, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) chairman C Rangarajan said that it was mainly on account of depreciating rupee but hoped it would come down in the coming months.

"Over the next few months food inflation will start coming down because of good monsoon and that would have an impact on rest of things...we expect the inflation by end of the current fiscal to be around 5.5 percent", he said.

Economist with KASSA Siddharth Shankar said, "Overall numbers may not let RBI cut rates."

(Agencies)

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