With wholesale price inflation not reflecting true picture of food prices, the government today justified the introduction of separate index numbers for primary products and manufacturing items, saying the new mechanism give better reflection of price movements.

“So this change enables everyone to know reality...,” Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ajay Shankar told reporters.

He said the idea behind coming up with separate inflation numbers for primary articles -- items found in raw form -- and manufactured products is that prices of these two categories move somewhat independently at times.

“So, the results which have come out has shown that food inflation has been high whereas wholesale price index was quite low in the preceding month,” the official said.

The government has for the first time come out with separate wholesale price index numbers for primary articles, fuels, and will issue another index on a monthly basis for all commodities, including manufacturing, next week.

Shankar said inflation numbers to be released on November 12 will be based on old time series that is based on 1993-94 prices.

He said the new series will be out very soon. The new series will be based on 2004-05.

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