K-Shaped Inflation Dynamics: Rural India Feels the Heat More

A foreign brokerage reported that India's inflation is impacting rural consumers more than urban ones, primarily due to higher food inflation. Factors such as ongoing heat waves and lower core inflation coexisting with higher food prices are key contributors. The government’s fuel price cuts have not significantly aided rural areas.

PTI | Mumbai | Updated: 25-06-2024 18:33 IST | Created: 25-06-2024 18:33 IST
K-Shaped Inflation Dynamics: Rural India Feels the Heat More
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In a post-pandemic economic analysis, a foreign brokerage highlighted that India's inflation scenario is exhibiting a 'K-shaped' pattern, disproportionately affecting rural consumers. Economists at HSBC disclosed on Tuesday that rural inflation outpaced urban inflation by 1.1 percentage points in May, mainly driven by soaring food prices.

The chief economist, Pranjul Bhandari, attributed this trend to ongoing heat waves causing crop damage and livestock mortality, which in turn drive up food inflation despite lower core inflation levels. Government efforts, including cutting fuel prices, have not substantially benefited rural areas where these fuels are less commonly used.

The report also revealed that rural areas, despite producing food, are facing higher inflation due to farmers selling more produce to urban markets, seeking better returns. The brokerage warned that inadequate monsoon rains could worsen the inflation scenario in 2024, potentially preventing the Reserve Bank of India from easing rates. The situation remains fluid, with a 17 percent below normal rainfall in June severely affecting key agricultural regions.

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