18 July:The All-India Consumer Price Index Number for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for June, 2008 increased by 3 and 4 points respectively to stand at 434 (Four hundred and thirty four) points for Agricultural Labourers and 435 (Four hundred and thirty five) points for Rural Labourers.
The rise in index varied from State to State. In the case of Agricultural Labourers, 13 States reflected an increase in index ranging between 2 and 4 points and for 7 States between 5 and 7 points. Punjab with 472 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 380 points.
In the case of Rural Labourers, the increase in index ranged between 2 and 4 points in 12 States and between 5 and 7 points in 8 States. Punjab with 471 points topped the index table whereas Manipur was at the bottom with the index level of 381 points.
The Consumer Price Index Number of Haryana and Punjab for Agricultural Labourers and Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra for Rural Labourers registered the highest increase of 7 points each mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, wheat/wheat atta, masur dal, mustard oil, vanaspati, gur, shirting cloth, anacin and washing soap.
Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL decreased from 9.11% and 8.84% during May, 2008 to 8.77% and 8.75% respectively in June, 2008. Respective rates of inflation during June, 2007 were 7.84% and 7.53%.