Inflation in Pakistan - Causes, Impacts and Remedies

Undeniably, Pakistan's burgeoning Inflation is a catastrophic threat to good governance. It would not be exaggerated to demonstrate that Pakistan's inflation has been increasing by leaps and bounds since the inception of the incumbent government. However, inflation implies a boost in prices that results in the purchasing power of a nation falling.

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The current government has changed the shape of the country in terms of imposing a massive explosion of inflation on the masses. According to the Sensitive Price Index(SPI), the inflation rate has increased by 3.38 percent compared to last week, as revealed by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Nevertheless, adverse consequences on political, economic, social, education, and health have risen owing to the current inflation rate in Pakistan which is a looming threat to the state's good governance. Furthermore, it is concerned with the multifarious joint causes that led the state toward a high inflation rate. However, the incumbent government must take stringent remedial measures to sort out this issue to bring peace and prosperity to the state.

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Inflation in Pakistan 2022:

No doubt, the burden of inflation on the masses can be demonstrated by the current scenario which is unbearable for the nation. Recently, according to the data released by Consumer Price Index (CPI), the state's inflation has been hiked by 13.8 percent in May 2022 on Year on Year (YoY). In contrast to the previous month, it was 13.4 percent, as illustrated by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Similarly, the US Professor of applied economics has shown the actual data about the rampant inflation rate in Pakistan. He, further, claimed that inflation in Pakistan is 3.2 times increased than official reports. Moreover, he added that Pakistan’s inflation is shooting up at 44.76 percent per year.

Furthermore, it is a quiet fact that petrol prices and the costs of other commodities go hand in hand in the country. The petrol price has fluctuated three times in the previous three weeks. Surprisingly, the total price of petrol has increased by Rs 84 in three weeks. Unfortunately, it soars to Rs 233.89 per liter after fixing the price a third time on June 15, 2022. Hence, it can be propounded by the above current facts and figures, Pakistan's public is coping with the unfavorable inflation by claiming the instability of the government.

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How Inflation in Pakistan is a looming Challenge to Governance?

It is universally acknowledged that inflation poses an erratic threat to the socio-economic, politico-administrative, health, and educational sectors. Similarly, massive inflation is likened to an enhancement in the extent of the natural resource sectors, the informal economy, political instability, and less democratic political systems.

Impact of Inflation in Pakistan:

Undoubtedly, the abrupt inflation is not less than a curse for a nation who already suffering from severe economic challenges; therefore, it becomes an elephant in the room for Pakistan.

Agriculture sector:

Pakistan is an agrarian country, holding a prolonged massive employment rate in the agriculture sector. Due to the climate variability and inadequate water infrastructures such as dams, barrages, and canals, people shifted their means of production from water harvesting to tube wells. Resultantly, a major sector was handed over to the generosity of oil.

Now, the global price of oil is soaring, and the IMF is continuously impelling the government to end the subsidies on fuel. Therefore, it is plausible that the overall output of agriculture would be inflated commensurate to the fuel prices. Moreover, because of the increase in oil prices, the industrial production of Urea would also become costly. Today Pakistan's major energy sources for electricity generation are not dams and other renewable alternates, but imported oil.

Political Instability:

Inflation plays an unfavorable role in worsening the political situation of the country. As far as Pakistan is concerned, it gives rise to the failure of democracy in the state because of the massive burden of inflation on the masses. As people are poor to a larger extent in Pakistan so they protest against the Inflation imposed by the government. In response to Inflation, former prime minister Imran Khan, recently, has announced a nationwide protest against the increasing Inflation rate in Pakistan. Unfortunately, it illustrates the bad image of democratic countries in the world forum. It is truly said that inflation is the feebleness of democracies.

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Increase in Foreign Debt:

Inflation directly impacts the rate of foreign debt. It enhances the foreign debt owing to intensifying Dollar rates. Simply, foreign debt, as well as Inflation, go parallel in the country.

Trade Deficit:

The import rates eventually increase but the export rate decreases ultimately which gives rise to a trade deficit in Pakistan. Therefore, it is clear that various repercussions have been imposed on political stability in considerable aspects.

Reduction in Purchasing Power:

This can be demonstrated by the fact that inflation reduces the purchasing power of the people and commodities related to the standard of living. It causes a lack of participation and support for the economy of Pakistan.

Heavy Prices and Taxes:

On one hand, the state increases the prices of household items up to unfavorable limits. On the other, the government imposes heavy taxes on every sector resulting in a lower ability to purchase things and items. However, it is pertinent here to cite the adage of Milton Friedman, " Inflation is taxation without legislation. Furthermore, inflation impacts several realms of the economic sectors. It has negative repercussions on the production, Monetary Policy, and agriculturists. Hence, there are responsible factors that cause an economic downfall in the country.

Inflation and Education:

Firstly, the education sector is being neglected due to the high pressure of inflation on the poor as well as middle people. Unfortunately, inflation is fast becoming an educational curse. The hike in prices of textbooks, tuition fees, and price of school uniforms and shoes intensify owing to the inflation that resists parents from sending their children to school. Moreover, private institutions enhance their fee structure for students. Owing to this, parents cannot bear the educational expenses. Similarly, more than 24 percent of children are out of school due to poverty.

Inflation and Healthcare:

Secondly, the impact of inflation, on health sectors, is unforgettable in Pakistan. The hike in prices of medical stuff, medicines, diagnosis, and treatment are making healthcare a fragile sector for unaffordable patients.

Inflation and Poverty:

Last but not least, inflation boosts abject poverty and corruption in the country which gave rise to bad governance in Pakistan. The prices and costs of households and commodities increase up to an unfavorable limit due to which the poor cannot manage their daily expenses. All in all, it is crystal clear that inflation poses major menaces to the society and standards of the masses in the form of poverty.