Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (CPI(AL) & CPI(RL))
Labour Bureau has been compiling CPI Numbers for Agricultural Labourers since September, 1964.The base of CPI(AL) was 1960-61=100. This series of CPI Numbers was then replaced by CPI for (i) Agricultural and (ii) Rural Labourers with base 1986-87=100 from November, 1995 onwards . CPI for Agricultural and Rural labourers on base 1986-87=100 is a weighted average of 20 constituent state indices and it measures the extent of change in the retail prices of goods and services consumed by the agricultural and rural labourers as compared with the base period viz 86-87. This index is released on the 20th of the succeeding month. CPI-AL is basically used for revising minimum wages for agricultural labour in different States.