Past govt. used fake stats to show poverty levels - Sajith
June 23, 2019 02:06 pm
Minister Sajith Premadasa says that measures will be taken to give the Samurdhi allowance to those who did not receive the Samurdhi allowance while being eligible to receive it, within the coming week.
He mentioned this addressing an event held in Hambantota yesterday (22).
He pointed that although it was announced that the poverty in Sri Lanka was reduced down to 6-7%, the amount of persons receiving the Samurdhi allowance is 29%.
He says that during the past government used fake statistics to show a reduced poverty level of the country which elevated Sri Lanka to a middle-income country.
This resulted in the country receiving loans for higher interests instead of funds, Premadasa said. He said, “If they showed the correct statistics, we wouldn’t have needed to get a loan for the port city or the Mattala airport”.