ISLAMABAD - Inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) has surged by 12.91pc in the month of March over the corresponding month of the previous year, Federal Bureau of Statistics reported here on Saturday. Inflation is expected to go further up in the coming months mainly due to the rising prices of petroleum products. The SBP in its recent monetary policy also predicated that inflation would go up in the coming months and maintained interest rate at 12.5pc. The bank held Govt responsible for high inflation citing the rising electricity tariff and petroleum prices. Inflation declined to 8.9pc in Oct 2009, however it raised again largely due to the constant increment in electricity tariffs and petroleum prices and, once again, entered in to double digits. According to the figures released by Federal Bureau of Statistics, the CPI inflation went up by 1.25pc in March as compared with the figures of Feb last. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) increased by 2.53pc in March over February. Compared to February, the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) rose to 0.78pc in the month of March. Meanwhile, in the first nine months (July-March) of the current financial year, CPI-based inflation was recorded at 11.29pc as compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. At the same time, SPI inflation was registered at 12.54pc, and WPI inflation at 10.08pc in the period under review. The break-up of CPI-based general inflation (12.91 per cent in March 2010) illustrated that apart from 14.54 percent food inflation, apparel, textile and footwear inflation soared by 2.27pc in March 2010 over the same period of the last year. Similarly, house rents were increased by 6.13pc. The fuel prices went up by 12pc, household, furniture and equipment by 17.14pc, recreation and entertainment up by 4.32pc, education became expensive by 12.50pc, cleaning and laundry rates swelled by 8.59pc and medicare rates shot up by 6pc, while transport and communication went up by 13.97pc. If we compare the prices of main kitchen commodities in March with their prices in February, the increase in rates is as follows: chicken farm, 14.86pc; potatoes, 11.79pc; onions, 7.63pc; fresh fruits, 7.45pc; vegetables, 6.61pc; pulse moong, 4.22pc; meat, 3.90pc; betel leaves and nuts, 2.91pc; cigarettes, 2.86pc; milk products, 2.56pc; fish, 2.51pc; milk, 1.91pc; cereals, 1.59pc; besan, 1.56pc; and dry fruits, 1.07pc. Meanwhile in apparel, textile and footwear group, prices of cotton cloth increased by 1.80pc, and silk, linen and woollen cloth by 1.13pc in the month of March. In household furniture and fixture, prices of household equipment were enhanced by 1.12 percent and plastic products by 0.96pc. While in Transport and Communication group, transport fare charges were enhanced by 5.24pc, diesel, 4.94 percent, petrol, 3.52 percent, tyre and tube, 1.74pc, and service charges by 1.15pc in March over February.