Shimla, Apr 20 (UNI) The All India Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Agricultural Labourers (AL) and rural labourers (RL) increased by one point each to stand at 358 and 360 points respectively in March, as compared to last month, sources in the Labour Bureau today said.
The rise in the indices varied from state to state.
The sources said the indices for agricultural labourers reflected an increase of one to five points in 12 states, showed a decrease of one to three points in five states, while remaining stationery in three states.
Punjab topped the index table with 388, while Manipur was at the bottom with 327 points.
While the indices for rural labourers increased between one to five points in 14 states, decreased one to two points in three states and remained constant in three states, the sources said.
Again Punjab was at the top of the index table with 391 points, whereas Manipur was at the bottom with 327 points.
The sources said Punjab in respect of agricultural labourers and Himacal Pradesh for rural labourers registered the sharpest increase of five points each.
The increase was due to the rise in the prices of wheat atta, maize, gram dal, moong dal, urd dal, milk, goat meat, dry chillies, vegetables and fruits, plastic shoes, Anacin, washing soap and cinema tickets, the sources said.
Kerala for agricultural labourers recorded the maximum decrease of three points, while Kerala and Tamil Nadu for rural labourers recorded the maximum decrease of two points each.
The sources said the decrease was due to the fall in the prices of rice, fish dry, poultry, eggs, tamarind, mixed spices, vegetables and fruits, sugar and gur.
The point-to-point inflation, based on CPI-AL and CPI-RL, increased from five and four per cent respectively in February to 5.29 per cent and 5.26 per cent respectively March this fiscal.
The respective rate of inflation during the same month in 2003 was 2.41 and 2.40 per cent respectively, the sources added.
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