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CPI Numbers For Agricultural And Rural Labourers 10 Points High: Govt

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 6.44 per cent and 6.67 per cent in April 2022 compared to 6.09 per cent and 6.33 per cent respectively in March 2022, it said

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The all-India consumer price index number for agricultural (CPI-AL) and rural labourers (RL) for the month of April 2022 increased by 10 points each to stand at 1,108 and 1,119 points respectively.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment said that the major contribution towards the rise came due to an increase in prices of rice, wheat-atta, jowar, bajra, ragi, vegetables and fruits, etc.

In the case of agricultural labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 20 points in 19 states while Tamilnadu recorded a decrease of 7 points. Tamilnadu with 1,275 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 880 points stood at the bottom, it said. 

In the case of rural labourers, it recorded an increase of 2 to 19 points in 19 states and Tamilnadu recorded a decrease of 7 points. Tamilnadu with 1,263 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 931 points stood at the bottom.

Amongst states, the maximum increase in the CPI number for agricultural labourers was experienced by Kerala (20 points) and for rural labourers by Kerala and West Bengal (19 points each) due to rise in the prices of rice, pulses, fish fresh, dry, vegetables, fruits, wheat-atta, plastic, etc. 

On the contrary, the decrease in CPI numbers for agricultural labourers and rural labourers was recorded by Tamilnadu (7 points each) due to fall in the prices of rice, fish fresh/dry, onion, vegetables and fruits, etc, the ministry said. 

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 6.44 per cent and 6.67 per cent in April 2022 compared to 6.09 per cent and 6.33 per cent respectively in March 2022, it said. 

The ministry said that food inflation stood at 5.29 per cent and 5.35 per cent in April 2022 compared to 4.91 per cent and 4.88 per cent respectively in March 2022. 


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