The rate of price rise in April is the highest since October 2018 when the rate was 3.38 per cent.
Inflation in the food basket was 1.1 per cent in April, up from 0.3 per cent in March. Prices of vegetables rose by 2.87 per cent against a contraction in March. Fruit prices, however, declined in April compared to the year-ago month.
Prices in the fuel and light category moved up by 2.56 per cent in April against 2.42 per cent in the previous month.
The Reserve Bank mainly factors in the CPI-based inflation while setting the key policy rates. The Monetary Policy Committee headed by the RBI governor would be meeting early June to decide on its monetary policy.
Meanwhile, Crisil Research expects the retail inflation to rise 60 basis points (bps) to 4 per cent this fiscal from 3.4 per cent in 2018-19.
This base case assumes food inflation rising to 3 per cent from an abnormal low of 0.1 per cent, it added.
Deepthi Mathew, Economist, Geojit Financial Services noted that inflation in the country is slowly picking up reaching a six month high at 2.92 per cent for April.
Commenting on the data, B Prasanna of ICICI Bank the CPI headline inflation came slightly below expectations, with core inflation "seeing a welcome downside surprise", which is in tandem with the growing slack in the economy.
Moreover, food inflation continued to rise with sustained upward momentum in fruits and vegetables, he added.
Retail inflation was 1.87 per cent in rural India, up from 1.8 per cent in March. It increased to 4.23 per cent in urban areas during April from 4.1 per cent in the previous month.
Price data are collected from selected towns and selected villages by the Field Operations Division of NSSO.
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