The Department of Census and Statistics highlighted that 60 per cent of the country’s districts remained in poverty for the 30th consecutive month as of June this year, while 36 per cent were above the national poverty line of Rs 4,677.
According to the Department, 15 districts recorded a ‘minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill the basic needs’ below Rs 4,677, while nine were above it, and one on the borderline.
Despite a drop in the ‘minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill the basic needs’ in March this year, the amount continued to increase during April, May and June.
In May, the amount increased by Rs 52 to Rs 4,584, and in June, it increased by Rs 93 to Rs 4,677.
The State statistics office pointed out that Ratnapura, Monaragala, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Killinochchi, Mullativu, Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna, Galle, Matara and Hambanthota had reported ‘minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill the basic needs’ below Rs 4,677.
Monaragala remained the poorest district with ‘minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill the basic needs’ recorded at Rs 4,404, while Colombo remained the richest with Rs 5,077.
In addition to Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa and Kegalle were above the national poverty line, while Ampara hung on the edge with Rs 4,677.
Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount has reduced to 4.1 per cent in 2016 from 6.7 per cent in 2012 according to the State statistics office, which highlighted an increase of 35.6 per cent in the country’s mean household income per month in 2016.
Earlier this year, the State statistics office highlighted that the poorest 20 per cent in the country received 5.6 per cent of the national income, while the richest 20 per cent received 50.4 per cent. (MA)