Poverty line falls for first time since July 15 districts still in poverty

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By 2018-02-14

By Mario Andree

The Department of Census and Statistics highlighted that 60 per cent of the country's districts were in poverty for the 25th continuous month as of January, while the national poverty line declined for the first time since July last year.
The national poverty line has been estimated at Rs 4,580, down Rs 4 from Rs 4,584 in December last year.
According to the Department, 40 per cent were above the national poverty line, and 15 districts recorded a 'minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfil basic needs' below Rs 4,580, while 10 districts were above it.

The State statistics office pointed out that Ratnapura, Moneragala, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna, Galle, Matara and Hambantota had reported 'minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfil basic needs' below Rs 4,575.

Moneragala continued to be the poorest district with 'minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfil basic needs' recorded at Rs 4,316, while Colombo remained the richest at Rs 4,972.
In addition to Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Ampara were above the national poverty line.

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 month, 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.

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