CPI shows maximum rise in Kerala, Orissa and Meghalaya in Jan

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) While inflation has been hittingpeople hard across the country, the rate of price rise hasbeen the most in Kerala, Orissa and Meghalaya, as pergovernment data released today.

In all three states, the consumer price index (CPI)overall stood at 108 in January from a base of 100 in 2010,suggesting inflation of 8 per cent.

Incidentally, even richer states like Maharashtra,Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab reported a rise of only 4-6per cent in CPI on an annual basis during the month underreview.

The new CPI intended to reflect the actual movement ofprices at the micro-level and help policy-makers like the RBIin better framing of decisions was launched today, withinitial data pointing to six per cent retail inflation inJanuary.

While CPI, according to new series, has increased to 106in January this year from a base of 100 in 2010, governmenthas chosen not to mention the inflation figure saying theexact level could be arrived only next year.

The figure was arrived based on a comparison with theannual all-India CPI index average for the whole of 2010.

According to new series, all-India CPI stood at 106(provisional figure) for January 2011 taking the base at anannualised level of 100 for the entire last year.

"Since these indices are being introduced for the firsttime, annual inflation rates have not been compiled," theMinistry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said in astatement.

The CPI has been released for rural, urban and all-Indialevels.

While the rural CPI indices stood at 107, CPI urban stoodat 104 during the month under review.

These consumer indices have been released for five majorgroups -- food, beverages and tobacco; fuel and light;housing; clothing, bedding and footwear; and miscellaneous.

While prices remained almost stagnant in the housingsegment with most of the states reporting no increase in theindex, food beverages and tobacco (FBT), and clothing, beddingand footwear (CBT) segments witnessed huge jumps.

In FBT, the index went up by as high as 13 per cent inMeghalaya, 11 per cent in Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Puducherryand 9 per cent in Mizoram, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat,Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

The CBT group in January witnessed a growth of 9 per centin Haryana, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, 8 per centin Puducherry, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, and7 per cent in Chandigarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat,Maharashtra and Lakshadweep.

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