WHILE there have been no new crises brewing, the countrys old crises are coming back to trouble it, and the indications are that these crises will cause yet more of the backbreaking inflation that has troubled the man in the street so much. The first problem is that the solution to one crisis, which the government had come up with, the rental power plants, is going to add to the increase in power tariffs that the government has committed to. In the Asian Development Bank Report submitted to the PM as a third-party report, it was estimated that, even apart from the RPPs, the tariff increase in the next financial year, 2010-11, would be 24 percent, while the RPPs coming onstream would mean that the burden would go up to 32 percent. This increase would be on top of the tariff increases that have already occurred, the latest being only in December. The distribution companies have already applied to NEPRA for the increases, and will not hesitate to apply again if the RPPs come onstream. As if the burgeoning electricity bills, and their being set to burgeon again, is not enough of a problem, there are wheat and sugar crises. The sugar cartel has defeated all efforts, including judicial, to set prices at a reasonable level, and seem set to make more increases by using the shortage of cane as an excuse for the projected shortfall of 1.1 million tons, because production is estimated at 3.1 million tons, against a demand of 4.2 million tons. The government hopes to meet this shortfall by the import of 1.2 million tons, 750,000 tons in the public sector. As if the news was not bad enough, the constantly rising food prices in the international market, forecast to go on for the rest of the decade, and a report in this newspaper shows how there is inadequate wheat management in the country. As a result, the nations primary staple, while not short, may simply not be available at current prices, inflated as they are. The government does not seem to be reacting to the situation proactively. The RPPs are essentially going to cost the country more than they bring, because the furnace oil to run them will be imported, while the high tariffs will merely drive more export units out of business. Just doing a favour to a chosen few will not enable the great mass of people to pay the price. Already, the crop of crises is by no means bringing forth any relief, and while the masses are perforce making all sorts of sacrifices just to stay alive, the government, which has taken no steps to bring any relief, goes on pursuing a luxurious lifestyle at the taxpayers expense, and disobeying Supreme Court verdicts to preserve that lifestyle.