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The Kerala Government has taken a number of steps to bring down prices of essential goods, particularly items of food.

It has, among other things, persuaded traders and hoteliers to cut prices by 5 per cent.

Have the measures already initiated had any effect, and what more needs to be done?

Write in with your views, a maximum of 300 words, marked `Peoplespeak', by post, e-mail or by hand to reach us by February 16.

The postal address is The Hindu, N.H. Bypass, P.O. Vytilla, Kochi - 682019. E-mail to kochipeoplespeak