ISLAMABAD It seems that the Government has bow down before strong sugar mafia, as it has not taken any action against them despite the fact that they have been exploiting the helpless consumers for the last few months by jacking the per kilogram price of the commodity up to Rs 80 from Rs 57 in the country. The sugar was available at Rs 57 per kg in June 2010, which has now been enhanced to Rs 80 per kg in different parts of the country by sugar mafia without any fear of the authorities concerned. However contrary to the actual market situation, the Federal Bureau of Statistics revealed that sugar price is Rs 74.11 per kg. However the commodity is available at higher prices (more than Rs 75 per kg) even in the Federal Capital. The Government has given a freehand to sugar mafia to exploit the consumers in open market. The Ministerial committee on sugar constituted by Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet had made arrangements only for providing commodity at Rs 61 per kg in Ramazan Sasta Bazaars. However these markets (Sasta Bazaars) could not fulfil the demands of the masses. Market sources believed that prices could go beyond Rs 85 per kg in open market in the coming weeks if the Government did not take action against those who were responsible for higher prices. Meanwhile, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics figures, the inflation based on sensitive price surged to 16.21 percent during the last week over the same period of the last year. The SPI-based inflation for the lowest income group earning up to Rs 3,000 per month was noted at 15.33 percent, for the income group (Rs 3,001 to Rs 5,000) 15.44 percent, and it rose by 15.70 percent for the group earning Rs 5,001 to Rs 12,000 per month). The maximum impact of SPI increase during the last one year has been observed for the high-income group earning more than Rs 12,001 per month, which rose by 17 percent. The inflation increased by 0.12 percent for the low income group during the week under review against the previous week, while the inflation decreased by 0.02 percent for the income group (Rs 3001- Rs 5,000), and it reduced by 0.13 percent for the group earning Rs5,001- Rs12,000 per month). The SPI-based inflation decreased by 0.20 percent for the higher income group earning more than Rs 12,000 per month. Out of the sample of 53 kitchen items prices collected from 25 urban centres, 26 items showed increase in prices, 3 items registered decline and the prices of 24 items remained unchanged as compared to the previous week.