All India Consumer Price Index up by five points

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Shimla, Oct 20 (UNI) The All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base 1986-87-100) for the month of September increased by five points each to stand at 455 points for both series.

The rise in index varied from state to state. In the case of agricultural labourers, nine states reflected an increase in index ranging between two and four points, six states betwen five and seven points and five states between eight and ten points. Punjab with 497 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 396 points.

In the case of rural labourers, the increae in index ranged between one and three points in six states, between four and six points in seven states and between seven and nine points in seven states. Punjab with 495 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 397 points.

The Consumer Price Index number of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for agricultural labourers registered the highest increase of ten points each and for rural labourers Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu recorded a maximum increase of nine points each mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, wheat atta, jawar, ragi, pulse, milk, onion, vegetables and fruits, sugar, gur, tea readymade tea leaf, shirting cloth and bus fare.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI RL increased from 10.29 percent during August to 10.98 percent each in September. Respective rates of inflation during September, 2007 were 7.89 percent and 7.61 percent.

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