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Rs.12,444 needed per month for a person to barely survive

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At least Rs.12,444 is required for one person in Sri Lanka to meet their monthly basic needs, the Department of Census and Statistics said. 

This was revealed by the latest official Poverty Line Chart issued by the department in relation to June, 2022.

This figure of expenditure has been calculated separately for each district and accordingly, the highest expenditure has to be borne by a person living in the Colombo District which is said to be Rs.13,421.

According to statistics, the minimum monthly expenditure is being borne by a person living in the Monaragala District which is Rs.11,899.

The Department of Census and Statistics points out that the reason for the increase in the official Poverty Line is the higher value recorded in the National Consumer Price Index for June, 2022 in comparision to the previous month.

However, in a background where the inflation in Sri Lanka has risen to 60.85% in July 2022 andfood inflation to 90.9% based on the Colombo Consumer Price Index, it is predicted that these values for the month of July 2022 will increase further. 

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