ISLAMABAD - The inflation is showing a soaring trend for the last few months, as it surged to 15.5 percent in November over the corresponding period previous year, which is a worrisome sign for the government ahead of Reform General Sales Tax. The government is all set to introduce RGST from the start of new year, which is believed to increase the inflation rate that had already on its upward journey for the last three to four months. The State Bank of Pakistan is following a tight monetary policy as it has enhanced the interest rate upto 14 percent, which also fail to control the inflation. According to the figures of Federal Bureau of Statistics, the inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) has surged by 15.5 percent in November over the corresponding month of the previous year. Meanwhile the inflation based on Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) has recorded at 23.25 percent and for Wholesales Price Index (WPI) based inflation increased by 24.65 percent. According to the FBS data, the CPI-based inflation went up by 1.52 percent in November as compared to the figures of October. The WPI increased by 3.48 percent in November over October. Compared to October, the SPI rose by 3.79 percent in November. Meanwhile, in July-Nov period of the current financial year, the CPI-based inflation was recorded at 14.44 percent as compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. At the same time, the SPI-based inflation was registered at 18.77 percent and the WPI-based inflation at 21.63 percent in the period under review. The break-up of CPI-based general inflation (15.48 percent in November 2010) illustrated that apart from 20.54 percent food inflation, apparel, textile and footwear inflation soared by 11.33 percent in November 2010 over the same period of the last year. Similarly, house rents were increased by 6.87 percent. The fuel prices went up by 21.07 percent, household, furniture and equipment by 9.74 percent, recreation and entertainment up by 13.73 percent, education became expensive by 6.04 percent, cleaning and laundry rates swelled by 11.34 percent and Medicare rates shot up by 16.29 percent, while transport and communication went up by 15.74 percent. If the prices of main kitchen commodities in November are compared with prices in October, the increase in rates is as follows: onions, 67.39 percent; potatoes, 21.31 percent, vegetable ghee, 7.02 percent, fish, 5.50 percent, cooking oil, 5.15 percent, sugar, 4.60 percent, dry fruits, 3.82 percent, readymade food, 3.50 percent, mustard oil, 3.08 percent, milk fresh, 3.05 percent, milk products, 2.84 percent, meat, 2.46 percent, wheat, 2.29 percent, honey, 2.27 percent, gram whole, 1.73 percent, rice, 1.52 percent and wheat flour 1.14 percent.