Kerala reports lowest inflation in India, Bengal tops

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Kozhikode: Kerala has the lowest inflation rate in the country, shows the latest all-India year-on-year inflation rates for April 2022.

The data was published by the Price Statistics Division of the National Statistical Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

Kerala’s rate stands at 5.08 per cent. Tamil Nadu reported the second-lowest inflation (5.37 per cent). West Bengal (9.12 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (9.1) and Telangana (9.02) reported the highest rates. The national average is 7.79 per cent.

Year-on-year inflation is the rate of increase in the price index between two time periods. Rates in the year of 2012 were taken as the base for the calculation. The rates were compared with that of April 2021.

Kerala also bucked the national trend of higher inflation in rural areas compared to the urban. Inflation in rural Kerala is 4.82 per cent while the rate in urban areas is 5.61. Nationally, the rates are 8.38 per cent and 7.09 per cent, respectively.

Oils and fats reported 17.28 per cent inflation compared to March 2022. Vegetables (15.41), transport and communication (10.91), fuel and light (10.8), personal care and effects (8.620) and food and beverages (8.1) witnessed high price hike. Egg is the only good/service that saw zero price hike.

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