SANEM study: Inflation rate double than the BBS data

The general point-to-point inflation rate in July 2021 came down at 5.36 percentage pointsProthom Alo file photo

The overall inflation rate in the country is more than double than the calculation conducted by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) has said.

The SANEM said the overall inflation rate in urban areas is now 12.47 per cent, which is 12.10 per cent in rural areas in Bangladesh, reports news agency UNB.

However, the report released by BBS on 16 February said that in the first month of January this year, the inflation rate in the country was 5.86 per cent.

The rate was above 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent in December last, which was 5.98 per cent in November.

Economists have earlier expressed doubt about the credibility of the BBS figures regarding inflation in the wake of the upward trend of commodities prices. This time in a study of SANEM found more information that shows the weakness of BBS reports.

The SANEM released an online report on Thursday entitled "Inflation: Government Statistics vs. the Reality of Marginal People".

Selim Raihan, executive director of SANEM, said the BBS provides information on inflation rate that does not reflect reality of economics, if the correct information is not brought out, the recovery process will not be sustainable.

According to SANEM report, garment workers in the urban areas have to spend 12.45 per cent more to buy the same product than in the same period of last year. About 60.52 per cent of their earnings are spent on food.

Marginal people of urban areas who earn on a daily basis 61.59 per cent of their earnings spent on food. Rickshaws and vans’ pullers spend 60.91 per cent of their income for food purposes. The small traders spend 61.91 per cent on food consumption.

Landless farmers in rural areas spend 65.85 per cent of their total income on food purposes while daily workers spend 65.99 per cent. In the case of rickshaw pullers or low-income people in rural areas, 60.91 per cent of income for food consumption.

When the main part of income is spent on food consumption, then there is a deficit in the cost of quality accommodation, education, medical care and entertainment. Also, savings become uncertain, the report said.