The major contribution towards the rise in the general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers came from Fuel & Light group and Clothing, Bedding &Footwear group to the extent of 1.93 & 1.86 points and 0.75 & 1.45 points respectively mainly due to rise in prices of firewood, kerosene oil, shirting cloth cotton (mill), leather shoes/chappal, plastic shoes/chappal etc.
The rise/fall in index varied from State to State. In the case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 17 points in 16 States and a decrease of 1 to 10 points in 4 States. Karnataka with 1244 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 856 points stood at the bottom.
D.P.S.Negi, Principal Labour & Employment Advisor said that amongst states, the maximum increase in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers was experienced by Himachal Pradesh State (17&12points respectively) mainly due to rise in the prices of pulses, mustard-oil, milk, vegetables & fruits, kerosene-oil, shirting cloth cotton (mill), plastic chappal, bus fare etc. On the contrary, the maximum decrease in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers was experienced by Tamilnadu State(10 points) and for Rural Labourersby Andhra Pradesh & Tamilnadu States(8 points each)mainly due to falling in the prices of rice, jawar, bajra, ragi, tur dal, meat goat, onion, chillies-green/dry, tamarind, vegetables & fruits etc.
In the case of Rural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 12 points in 16Statesanda decrease of 1to8 points in 4 States. Karnataka with 1239 points topped the index table whereas Bihar with 881 points stood at the bottom.
Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 2.89% &3.16% in September, 2021compared to3.90% & 3.97% respectively in August 2021 and 6.25% and 6.10% respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 0.50% &0.70% in September 2021 compared to2.13% & 2.32% respectively in August 2021 and 7.65% &7.61% respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year.