Monday, May 5, 2008

Base year and number of commodities used for inflation calculation in India

By this year end, the government will adopt a revised Wholesale Price Index (WPI), besides considering actual prices from next month.

Instead of the current 435 commodities, the revised WPI will have 980 commodities included in it, which will be rationalized by incorporating new items, removing unimportant items and amalgamating similar items.

The base year will also be revised to 2004-05 from the current base year of 1993-94. Thus the new WPI would give a more accurate figure for inflation. More news here.

So finally, the government is doing something on various debates happened over inflation calculation in India.

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