The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2013 rose by 2 points and pegged at 221 (two hundred and twenty one). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.91 per cent between December and January compared with 0.51 per cent between the same two months a year ago.
The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from Housing Group which increased by 3.53 per cent, contributing 1.28 percentage points to the total change. This was followed by Miscellaneous and Food groups with 0.74 and 0.26 per cent increase respectively contributing 0.32 and 0.28 percentage points to the change. At item level, largest upward pressure came from Rice, Wheat & Wheat Atta, Groundnut Oil, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Onion, Tea (Readymade), Firewood, Auto Rickshaw Charges, Bus Fare, Rail Fare, etc. However, this was compensated by Arhar Dal, Potato, Tomato, Other Green Vegetables, Sugar, Electricity Charges and Flower/Flower Garlands by putting downward pressure on the index.
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 11.62 per cent for January, 2013 as compated to 11.17 per cent for the previous month and 5.32 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.08 per cent against 13.53 per cent of the previous month and 0.49 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
The index will be used for calculating the dearness allownce from July 2013.
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