ISLAMABAD - Inflation for the poorest of the poor has surged by 20.82 per cent during the week ended on Thursday as compared to the same period of the last year because of steep rise in rates of essential kitchen items. The data released by Federal Bureau of Statistics on Friday showed that inflation based on Sensitive Price Indicator for the income group up to Rs 3000, soared by 20.82 per cent during the week ended on March 5, over a year ago while on the weekly basis it declined by 0.01 per cent. The bulletin depicts that out of 53 surveyed items, both perishable and non-perishable, the rates of 43 products augmented ranging from one per cent to 254 per cent during the last week as compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. On weekly basis, prices of 12 items soared, 16 prices reduced and 25 have remained unchanged. The weekly price indicator mainly covers those items, which are being used by the poor strata. The economic experts fear that the government's target to bring the inflation in single digit by the end of this year is looking difficult, as the prices of commodities are not declining in the country as compared to the international market due to the negligence of departments concerned. The combined SPI-based inflation (average of all income groups) also showed some decline of 0.05 per cent on weekly basis while it enhanced by 21.36 per cent over the same period of the previous year. On the other hand SPI for the highest income group with monthly income above Rs 12000, the inflation soared by 21 per cent over last year, while decreased by 0.06pc as compared to the last week. For the second lowest income group (Rs 5,000 per month), the SPI on yearly basis soared by 21.59 per cent while for the income group of Rs 12000 per month it enhanced by 22.78 per cent. The following goods prices increased both on yearly and weekly basis. On yearly basis, bananas rates increased by 9.23 per cent, sugar 66.17 per cent, electric bulb 60 watts 17.08 per cent, onions 253.93 per cent, tea (prepared) 21.45 per cent, mutton 11.10 per cent, Milk fresh 19.43 per cent, firewood 16.90 per cent, cigarettes K-2 12.69 per cent and Gur 52.11 per cent. The following commodities price declined on weekly basis but increased on yearly pattern: Chicken 37.31 per cent, Gram pulse washed 25.86 per cent, masoor pulse washed 51.79pc, LPG (11 kg cylinder) 2.35pc, potatoes 8.51 per cent, rice basmati broken 15.72pc, washing soap 20.94 per cent, wheat average quality 41.24pc, egg hen 42.41 per cent, rice irri-6 32.38pc, mustard oil 0.27 per cent, wheat flour average quality 44.15pc and mash pulse washed 6.11pc.