The labour ministry has revised the base year of the Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)
from 2001 to 2016, giving more weight to spending on housing, education and health in inflation index
The revision in base year will reflect changing consumption pattern of the working-class population over the years.
Following the change in base year, the index will give 39% weight to food and beverage consumption of workers
now as against 46.2% earlier. In contrast, spending on housing will get almost 17% weight as against 15.2%
Among consumption categories, a segment comprising spending on heads like education, health and transport by
workers has been given a sizable jump in weight from 23% earlier to 30% now.