Inflation in food basket rose to 0.85 per cent in October, compared to 0.68 per cent in the preceding month., said NSO data.
According to data released by the Ministry, food inflation measured by Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) dropped to 0.68 per cent in September from 3.11 per cent in August.
The CPI-based inflation for farm and rural workers stood at 3.92 per cent and 4.09 per cent, respectively in July this year.
The maximum upward pressure on the index came from the 'miscellaneous group', contributing 0.42 percentage points to the total change.
The increase in prices of items in the food & beverages group contributed the most to the current Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers index adding 0.72 percentage points to its total change.
76 per cent of the surveyed consumers said they want the government to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel, with the majority of them the duty to be cut by as much as 20 per cent.
Retail inflation in June eases marginally to 6.26 per cent; Industrial production rises 29.3 per cent in May
The inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 6.3 per cent in May 2021 and 6.23 per cent in June 2020.
It is crucial for the central bank to keep the inflation below 6 per cent, but the passthrough of decade-high wholesale price inflation has led to a steady increase in retail inflation.
It stated that food inflation stood at 5.26 per cent last month against 4.78 per cent in April 2021 and 5.88 per cent in the corresponding month a year ago.
The underlying dynamics of the May inflation print augur caution and the recovery remains on uncertain ground and with fiscal support in retreat.
As per the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), inflation in the food basket was 5.01 per cent in May, significantly up from 1.96 per cent in the preceding month.
The projection is well within the Monetary Policy Committee's target to keep the rate of inflation at 4 per cent with an upper or lower tolerance level of 2 per cent.
At the same time, however, elevated levels of prices in the certain food and non-food segments continue to exert upward pressure on headline inflation, say experts.
Food inflation stood at 5.36 per cent against 4.64 per cent of the previous month and 6.67 per cent during the corresponding month a year ago, according to the statement.
Inflation based on food index of CPI-AL and CPI-RL is at 1.55 per cent and 1.85 per cent respectively in February 2021, a labour ministry statement said.