Consumer price inflation based on the all-India consumer price index numbers for agricultural and rural labourers (CPI-AL and CPI-RL) increased to 8.44 per cent and 8.72 per cent in April from 8.38 per cent and 8.51 per cent, respectively, in March.
Inflation based on food price index of CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 8.06 per cent and 8.03 per cent, respectively, during April 2014.
The rise in the index varied from state to state. In case of agricultural labourers, the index recorded increases between 4 and 14 points in all the 20 states.
Haryana, with 852 points, topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with an index of 637 points stood at the bottom.
In the case of rural labourers, the index recorded increases between 4 and 15 points in the 20 states. Here again, Haryana with 845 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 673 points stood at the bottom.
The consumer price index numbers for agricultural and rural labourers in respect of West Bengal registered the maximum increase of 14 points and 15 points, respectively, mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, pulses, mustard oil, fish fresh, chillies green, vegetables and fruits and fire wood.