May 04, 2018

Kandy has the highest poor population Featured

According to a latest Central Bank report, Kandy has the highest population of the poor, while Mannar has the least number of the poor.

However, the report does not give details.

The yardstick used by the Department of Census and Statistics for selecting the poor is the ability to acquire food and other essential commodities.

A person should be capable of spending Rs. 4,116, or Rs. 139 a day, on food and other essential commodities to stand above the poverty-line.

However, when taken as a ratio of the population, the highest number of the poor is from Kilinochchi, which is 18.2 per cent.

The lowest, 0.9 pc, is from Colombo.