IT is hard to rule out the reality that the raise in the prices of petroleum products, given the state of existing economy on a constant downward slide and hitting the public hard, would trigger an inflationary spiral on an unprecedented scale. Just the very next day, prices of basic kitchen items like wheat, sugar, vegetables, fruit, milk and meat went up by 20 percent. This has made life more miserable for the general public, the majority of which according to a survey is undernourished. One fears that the move by the government, ill planned by any reckoning, might unleash a tsunami of opposition from the public. For instance, transporters have already threatened to go on a wheel jam strike and have pleaded the government to reverse its decision of the petroleum price hike. What is more, they have warned that they would be raising the transport fares by 50 percent in the days ahead. Likewise, the agriculture community is confused as it is unable to figure out how it would cope with the situation because the increase in fuel price has simply multiplied the cost of the inputs. Another worry is that since most of the electricity is produced through thermal sources, the new price formula would lead to a significant increase in the power tariff. It is a pity that all this has been done to generate revenues for the government, which shows its callous indifference to the poverty stricken people. Moreover, the consistency with which the government has been raising the prices of petroleum products, giving the public a shock almost after every few months, would reflect poorly on the priorities set by the PPP led set up. This also implies the federal government's lack of understanding and expertise to craft monetary policies, which while keeping the national kitty in a good shape, do not put extra burden on the consumers. One wonders where does its oft-repeated slogan of food, clothing and shelter fits in with its style of governance.