According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for January, 2014 declined by 2 points and pegged at 237(two hundred and thirty Seven). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by 0.84 per cent between December and January compared with the rise of 0.91 per cent between the same two months a year ago.
The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing -2.78 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Groundnut Oil, Onion, Brinjal Cabbage, Carrot, Gourd, Palak, Peas, Potato, Tomato and other Vegetable items, Sugar etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Housing Index and the prices of Rice, Wheat, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, Petrol etc. putting upward pressure on the index.
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.24 per cent for January, 2014, as compared to 9.13 per cent for the previous month and 11.62 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.94 per cent against 11.49 per cent of the previous month and 14.08 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Bhilwara recorded the highest decline of 8 points each followed by Kodarma (7 Points), Bokaro and Surat (6 Points each), Varanasi and Munger Jamalpur (5 Points each). Among others, 4 points decrease was registered in 8 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 12 centres and 1points in 9 centres. On the contrary, Amritsar and Quilon centres reported an increase of 4 points followed by Jharia (3 points). Among others, 2 points increase was observed in 6 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 14 centres’ indices remained stationary.
The indices of 38 centres are above All-India Index and other 39 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bhilwara centre remained at par with all-India index.
The next index of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2014 will be released on Monday, 31 March, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.