rural labourers rose
marginally to 6.59 per cent and 6.45 per cent, respectively,
in October due to higher prices of certain food items, marking the first increase
in the rates price rise
workers based on the Consumer Price Index-Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL) was 6.25 per cent while
inflation based on Consumer Price Index-
Rural Labourers (CPI-RL) was 6.10 per cent
in September 2020, a Labour Ministry statement said.
Inflation based on food indices of CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 7.96 per cent and 7.92 per cent, respectively,
in October, a tad higher than 7.65 per cent and 7.61 per cent, respectively,
in September this year.
in CPI-AL varied from state to state.
In case of agricultural labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 24 points
in 20 states.
Tamil Nadu with 1,242 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 830 points stood at the bottom.
In case of
rural labourers, the CPI-RL recorded an increase of 1 to 24 points
in 20 states. Tamil Nadu with 1,226 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 877 points stood at the bottom.
Amongst states, the maximum increase
in the Consumer Price Index Numbers
for Agricultural Labourers and
Rural Labourers was seen
in West Bengal (+24 points) mainly due to rise
in the prices of rice, pulses, mustard-oil, milk, onion, chillies-green, bus fare, vegetables and fruits etc.
in CPI-AL and CPI-RL will have a positive impact on the wages of the
rural sector,” Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said.
Director General Labour Bureau D S Negi said, “The
inflation based on CPI-AL and RL has increased
for the first time
in 2020. This is mainly on account of increase
in the prices of arhar dal, mustard oil, onion and vegetables etc.”