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Price Index increases by six points

Written by: Staff

Shimla, Nov 20 (UNI) As compared to the month of September, the All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for agricultural labourers and rural labourers (Base 1986-87-100) for October increased by six points each to stand at 386 points for agricultural labourers and 387 points for rural labourers, according to Labour Bureau here today.

The rise and fall in indices varied from state to state. In the case of agricultural labourers, 18 states reflected an increase in indices ranging between one to thirteen points, in one state it decreased by two points while in one state the index remained constant.

Punjab with 413 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 333 points.

In the case of rural labourers, in 19 states, indices reflected an increase ranging between one to 12 points while in one state the index decreased by one point, Punjab was at the top of the index table with 416 points whereas Manipur was at the bottom with 334 points.

The index of Bihar experienced the highest increase of 13 and 12 points in respect of agricultural labouers and rural labourers respectively mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, wheat/atta, masur dal,vegetables and fruits, fire wood and anacin.

On the other hand , the index in respect of Manipur recorded the maximum decrease of two points and one point for agricultural labourers and rural labourers respectively mainly due to decrease in the prices of rice, poultry, vegetables and fruits and sugar.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI RL increased from 7.34 per cent and 7.02 per cent during September, 2006 to 8.43 per cent and 8.10 percent respectively during October, 2006.

Respective rates of inflation during October, 2005 were 3.19 per cent and 3.17 per cent.


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