All India consumer price index increases by six points

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Shimla, Apr 17 (UNI) The All India Consumer Price Index Number for agricultural labourers and rural labourers (Base 1986-87-100) for March, 2008 was increased by six points each to stand at 423 points for both series, according to Labour Bureau here today.

The rise in index varied from state to state. In the case of agricultural labourers, six states reflected an increase in index ranging between seven and 11 points, 13 states between three and six points while the index for one state Himachal Pradesh, remained constant.

Haryana with 459 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh and Manipur were at the bottom with the index level of 370 points each.

In the case of rural labourers, the increase in index ranged between seven and 11 points in six states and between three and six points in 14 states. Haryana with 457 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 370 points.

The Consumer Price Index Number of Haryana for both agricultural labourers and rural labourers registered the highest inrease of 11 points each mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, wheat atta, bajra atta, pulses, milk, mustard oil, vanaspati ghee, vegetables, fruits, gur and washing soap. No state has shown decrease in index during March 2008.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RI inceased from 6.38 per cent and 6.11 per cent during February, 2008 to 7.9 per cent and 7.63 per cent, respectively, in March 2008.

Respective rates of inflation during March, 2007 were 9.50 per cent and 9.17 per cent.

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