NEW DELHI, Feb 16 (PTI): Exuding confidence that inflation will fall to 7 per cent by March-end, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government was trying to tackle the situation without hurting growth, which he pegged at around 8.5 per cent for the entire fiscal.
Addressing editors of the electronic media, Singh said the government is trying to strike a balance between growth and inflation, despite the government having no control over international events, which are partly fuelling the price rise.
"By the end of this (fiscal) year, inflation rate should come down to no more than 7 per cent," he said.
He said inflation, particularly that of food, has been a major concern in recent months, but the government was trying to deal the situation without hurting growth prospects.
Food inflation has been hovering above 15 per cent in the past few months before falling to 13.