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All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural And Rural Labourers – July, 2020

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for the month of July, 2020 increased by 3 and 4 points to stand at 1021 (One thousand and twenty one) and 1028 (One thousand and twenty eight) points respectively. The major contribution towards the rise in general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers came from food, with (+) 2.49 points and (+) 2.64 points respectively mainly due to rise in prices of arhar dal, masur dal, ground nut oil, meat goat, poultry, vegetables and fruits etc.

The rise/fall in index varied from State to State. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to15 points in 17 States and a decrease of 3 to 8 points in 3 States. Tamil Nadu State with 1216 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh State with 786 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 14 points in 15 States and a decrease of 1 to5 points in 4 States while it remained stationary in Rajasthan State. Tamil Nadu State with 1202 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh State with 838 points stood at the bottom.

Amongst states, the maximum increase in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers was experienced by Meghalaya State (15 points) and for Rural Labourers it was experienced by Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya States (14 points) mainly due to rise in the prices of milk, meat goat, fish dry, bidi, vegetables and fruits and bus fare etc. On the contrary, the maximum decrease in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers was experienced by Tripura State (- 8points and -5 points respectively) mainly due to fall in the prices of rice, meat goat, fish fresh/dry etc.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL decreased to 6.58% and 6.53% in July 2020 from 7.16% and 7.00% respectively in June 2020. Inflation based on food index of CPI-AL and CPI-RL is at (+) 7.83% & (+) 7.89% respectively in July 2020.

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