New Delhi, Jan 10 (Agencies): India's import of sensitive items, including pulses, vegetables and automobiles have risen by 14.1 per cent to Rs 40,499 crore during April-October period of the current fiscal.

The country had imported such items worth Rs 35,487 crore in the same period of last fiscal, official data said on Monday.

Edible oil contributed the highest to the import kitty with Rs 15,882 crore during the reporting period, against Rs 14,205 crore in the same period of last fiscal, mainly due to
17.2 per cent spurt in import of crude oil like soyabean.

The imports of milk and dairy products also increased to Rs 536.12 crore and that of automobiles to Rs 1,249.92 crore during the period of the current financial year from Rs  31.16 crore and Rs 583.28 crore, respectively last year.

However, cotton and silk, tea and coffee imports dipped by 26.7 per cent and 19.5 per cent during the period to Rs 945.44 crore and Rs 149.19 crore, respectively.

Import of automobiles registered a significant rise of 114.3 per cent during April-October to Rs 1,249.92 crore from Rs 583.28 crore in the corresponding period of last fiscal.

Import of sensitive items amounted to 4.6 per cent of the country's total imports during the period.

Imports of sensitive items from Indonesia, China, Malaysia and the United States have gone up while those from Myanmar, Canada, Brazil and Japan have gone down.