ISLAMABAD - Owing to increase in prices of petroleum products, the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) inflation had increased to 20.12 percent in the first week of the new year over the corresponding period of previous year. The government had dropped the petroleum bomb on the helpless consumers, which resulted into price hike during the first week of the ongoing month of January. However, later the government had reversed its decision after facing strong resistance in the Parliament from opposition parties as well as its partners. According to the figures released by Federal Bureau of Statistics, the weekly inflation surged to 21.12 percent for the combined group during the week ended on January 6, as compare to the same period last year. Meanwhile, it had increased by over one percent on weekly basis for the same group. The inflationary wave has once again hit the poorest of the poor (earning less than Rs 3000 per month), as it enhanced by 20.28 percent on yearly basis and 0.51 percent on weekly basis. Meanwhile, an increase of 19.50 percent was recorded in inflation for the lower middle income group (Rs3,001 and Rs5,000), while on weekly basis it went up by 0.57 percent for the said income group. According to the data, the SPI inflation increased by 19.15 percent for the income group (Rs5,001-Rs12,000), while 19.61 percent increase was recorded for the high income group earning more than Rs12,001 per month and it enhanced by 1.40 percent on weekly basis. Out of the sample of 53 kitchen items prices of 30 items showed increase in prices, six items registered decline and the prices of 17 items remained unchanged as compared to the previous week. According to the figures, the petrol prices surged to Rs 80.67 per litre during the week ended on January 6, from Rs 73.71 of previous week, diesel prices increased to Rs 83.24 per litre from Rs 79.08, per kg chicken enhanced to Rs 120.68 from Rs 114.82, per litre kerosene price surged to Rs 86.45 from Rs 82.66, the 2.5 kg vegetable ghee tin and cooking oil tin prices soared to Rs 440.88 from Rs 425, per kg rice basmati broken went up to Rs 51.03 from Rs 49.98, per kg chillies price increased to Rs 51.03 from Rs 49.98. Meanwhile, the prices of rice irri-6, LPG (11 kg cylinder), firewood, moong pulse washed, gram pulse washed, sugar, wheat, beef, mutton also enhanced during the week ended on January 6 as compare to previous week. The price of per kg onions decreased to Rs 45.13 from Rs 49.90, price of per kg potatoes reduced to Rs 20.69 from Rs 21.68, per kg and garlic price declined to Rs 206.28 from Rs 210.1. Meanwhile, prices of bananas, tomatoes and mash pulse washed showed minor decline in the period under review.