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Regional Variations in Foodgrain Prices

The all-India index numbers of the wholesale prices of food- grain are constructed on the basis of prices reported from a large number of markets spread over the country. The index numbers represent a simple average of these prices, the implicit weightage given to the prices prevailing in 'surplus' and 'deficit' areas depending therefore on the geographical distribution of the reporting markets. Since the absolute price levels for (more or less) comparable qualities of grain, as well as their movements over time, have displayed very considerable regional differences, the all-India index numbers conceal almost as much as they reveal about the behaviour of food- grain prices in the country.

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