Consumer price inflation based on the all-India consumer price index for agricultural and rural labourers decreased to 11.19 per cent and 11.18 per cent, respectively, in December 2013 from 13.43 per cent and 13.27 per cent in November 2013.
Inflation based on the index of food prices for CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 11.57 per cent and 11.23 per cent, respectively, during December 2013.
The all-India consumer price index numbers for agricultural and rural labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for December 2013 decreased by 12 points and 11 points, respectively, to 765 points and 766points, data released by the Labour Bureau of the ministry of labour and employment showed.
The fall or rise in the index varied from state to state. In the case of agricultural labourers, it recorded a decrease between 5 and 27 points for 16 states and an increase between 2 and 6 points in four states.
Haryana with 841 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 622 points stood at the bottom.
In the case of rural labourers, the index recorded a decrease between 3 and 24 points in 16 states and an increase between 2 and 5 points in 4 states. Haryana with 834 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 652 points stood at the bottom.
The consumer price index numbers for agricultural and rural labourers in respect of Punjab registered the maximum decrease of 27 and 24 points, respectively, mainly due to decrease in the prices of rice, gram dal, onion, ginger, vegetables and fruits and gur.
The consumer price index numbers for agricultural and rural labourers in respect of Kerala registered the maximum increase of 6 and 5 points, respectively, mainly due to increase in the prices of wheat atta, tapioca, pulses, coconut oil, onion, vegetables and fruits, fish fresh, tamarind and tea.