Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne says according to the World Bank 11.7 percent of the country’s population is poverty-stricken.
The MP speaking in Parliament during the 2022 Budget debate said the figure is a 7.5 percent increase since the present government came into power.
The MP termed this a very critical development.
MP Senaratne added members of the government are being assaulted with slippers and helmets and berated in foul language.
He called on the Minister of Finance to create a dialogue to overcome the present situation, adding that all groups including businessmen and trade unions should be involved and not only politicians.
MP Senaratne said many could die of starvation due to poverty.