Sri Lanka’s poverty further decreases. The average income levels in nine districts of six Provinces exceeded the national poverty line of 3178 rupees in October this year.
According to the Department of Census and Statistics, the poverty line at national level is the minimum expenditure per person per month to fulfill basic needs.
The Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha Districts in the Western Province rank highest above the poverty line with personal expenditures of 3540, 3367 and 3453 rupees respectively in October.
The poverty line at national level rose rapidly since the 2002 level of 1423 rupees. It was 2845 rupees in 2008 and 2942 rupees in 2009.
These figures do not cover the Northern and Eastern Provinces.