There is no respite for consumers of essential kitchen items during the outgoing month of November, as they continue to be on higher side, especially pulses forcing consumers to reduce their daily purchasing requirements. The shopkeepers of kitchen items have predicted further escalation in rates of all kitchen items in coming days ahead in the wake of recent massive increase in prices of petroleum products. The shopkeepers blamed the government for its failure to formulate effective mechanism aimed at keeping sway over rampant increase in prices of most of the essential items, which has been caused by the hoarders and unscrupulous traders.