NEW DELHI: For the month of December 2021, the All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Laborers (CPI-AL) and Rural Laborers (CPI-RL) both grew by 5 points to 1097 and 1106 points, respectively.
Fuel & Light and miscellaneous groups contributed the most to the increase in the general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers, with 1.72 and 1.58 points and 1.02 and 1.06 points respectively, owing to increases in the prices of firewood, kerosene oil, medicine, barber charges, bus fare, toilet soap, washing soap, and other items, according to a release from the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Thursday.
The index fluctuated in value from state to state. In the case of Agricultural Laborers, it increased by 1 to 20 points in 11 states and decreased by 1 to 12 points in eight states, with Odisha remaining unchanged. Tamil Nadu led the index table with 1,290 points, while Himachal Pradesh came in last with 861 points.
Tamil Nadu had the highest increase in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL among states (20 points each), owing to increases in the costs of vegetables and fruits, onion, green/dry chilies, tamarind, and other items.