Retail inflation for farm and rural workers has come down marginally to 12.80 per cent and 12.61 per cent respectively in July, even as prices of food items and cloth remained high.
"..rate of inflation based on CPI-AL and CPI-RL decreased from 12.85 per cent and 12.65 per cent in June to 12.80 per cent and 12.61 per cent in July," a Labour Ministry statement said.
According to the data released by the Labour Bureau, the inflation based on food index of Consumer Price Index- Agriculture Labour (CPI-AL) and Consumer Price Index-Rural Labour (CPI-RL) stood at 13.84 per cent and 13.80 per cent, respectively, during July this year.
The all India retail inflation index for farm and rural workers July increased by 11 points each to stand at 740 points and 741 points respectively. The rise in index varied from state to state. In case of farm workers, the index recorded an increase that varied between 4 to 18 points in various states.
Karnataka with 822 points topped the index table, whereas Himachal Pradesh with the index level of 583 points was at the bottom. In case of rural workers, the index recorded an increase between 3 to 19 points in all states. Karnataka with 818 points topped the index table whereas Tripura State with the index level of 616 points stood at the bottom.
Orissa and Tripura registered the maximum increase of 18 points each for agricultural labourers while Tripura registered the maximum increase of 19 points for rural labourers.
This was mainly due to increase in the prices of rice, wheat atta, meat goat, pork, poultry, fish fresh, milk, onion, chillies green, vegetables and fruits, tea ready made, pan leaf, dhoti cotton mill, shirting cloth cotton mill and leather chappal.