THE increase in the price of petroleum products will simply add fuel to the fire. While OGRA is under obligation to revise the oil prices every month to keep them at par with international prices, the rampant poverty in the country is unable to absorb the shock. Unfortunately, the government has done little to work out a strategy to get out of the vicious circle. At least, setting up an effective system of public transport might have paid off. As things stand, there is a trend of relying on individual transport. In the absence of public transport, people by and large use their private vehicles for movement inside the cities. Those who do not have cars turn to motorbikes to commute. This is the factor that explains the reason why our economy is largely oil-driven. No wonder an increase in its price wreaks havoc for the economy. Conversely, a better system of public transport means less oil consumption, less pollution, less load on the roads and less expense for the public. Most important of all, public transport is cheap to travel by. It bears pointing out that in the West, people rely more on the system of public transport, and less on private transport. Though this might not be a panacea to our domestic oil related ills, there is reason to believe that the replication of that system will make a considerable difference. The government must utilize its resources to set up an effective system of public transport.