Price index number for agricultural, rural labourers increases

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Shimla, Jun 20 (UNI) The All-India Consumer Price Index Number for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base : 1986-87=100) for May 2008 increased by two points each to stand at 431 points for both the series.

The rise and fall in index varied from state to state. In the case of Agricultural Labourers, six states reflected an increase in index ranging between four to six points and for seven states between one and three points.

While the index for two states that is Punjab and Tripura remained constant, the index for remaining five states showed a decrease ranging between one and three points.

Punjab, with 465 points, topped the index table, whereas Himachal Pradesh was at the bottom with the index level of 375 points.

In the case of Rural Labourers, the increase in index ranged between five and six points in six states and between one and three points in seven states.

While the index for two states that is Maharashtra and Tripura remained constant, the index for remaining five states showed a decrease ranging between one and three points. Punjab with 465 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 379 points.

The Consumer Price Index Number of Meghalaya for both Agricultural Labouers and Rural Labourers registered the highest increase of six points each mainly due to increase in the price of rice, dry fish, dry chillies, vegetables and fruits, tea readymade, supari and bus fare.

The index of Bihar reflected a decrease of three points for both the series mainly due to decrease in prices of wheat atta, mustared oil and vegetable and fruits.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL increased from 8.88 per cent during April last to 9.11 per cent and 8.84 per cent respectively in May 2008. Respective rates of inflation during May 2007 were 8.22 per cent and 7.90 per cent.

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