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* Government statistics reveal the struggle by a majority of Sri Lankans to survive - opposition MP
Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 08:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Dr. Harsha de Silva has said that statistics released by the government revealed that a majority of the people struggled to survive.

The MP told parliament that while a majority struggled for survival, a minority enjoyed the government's promised miracle.

Explaining that the recent Household Income & Expenditure Survey 2012/13 report published by the Department of Census and Statistics had certain disparities, the economist noted that the report outlines the need for Rs. 40,887 by an average family in Sri Lanka to meet their monthly household expenses while an urban household with less than four family members needs Rs. 59,001.

He also highlighted that the per capita income was recorded at US$ 3,000, but the same report has stated that the average per capita income is Rs. 11,932 per month.

"There is a considerable disparity between the per capita income of US$ 3,000 and what is revealed in this report," Dr. de Silva has added.

Referring to the Survey he said it is the key survey conducted since the 60s to measure the country's living standards.

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