According to Bandula, Sri Lankans are balling too hard. They may even be eating fish.
Minister Bandula Gunawardena has said that a family can live on Rs. 7,500 a month if they don’t eat out so much. This is madness. He’s taken two random data points from his meanderings when there’s an actual Household Income And Expenditure Survey that tells you what the average family spends. It’s Rs. 13,000 a month on food, which isn’t even eating that well.
I’ve covered this in a post – How Sri Lankans Get Their Eat On. The average family does 42% of their spending on food. Those are actual data points, published by the government.
The Education Department runs student hostels in several schools where students have three square meals and two cups of tea a day for Rs.2500 a month. This is a clear indication that a family of three needs only Rs.7500 for a month if they manage their expenses properly. Many individuals are in the habit of wasting their hard earned money having meals at hotels and restaurants. Recently I was invited to a function at a hotel that charged Rs.6500 for lunch per head. We must avoid such wasteful expenditure and guard our expenses. (Daily Mirror)
So, he found a subsidized student canteen and then presumes that this is the base cost of food. Then he went to a posh hotel and concludes that this is the other option. This is deeply tarded. The government produces actual reports so that policy doesn’t have to be decided based on where Ministers have lunch.
Which brings us to another point. We are paying for Bandula’s lunch, and his cars, and he seems to reflect not a bit on this fact. Bandula goes on:
The number of cellular phone in use in the country exceeds the population. Many individuals are using super- luxury cars at tremendous costs. It is in doubt whether they really need such expensive vehicles (ibid)
Well, how many cell phones does the honorable Minister have? The few Parliamentarians I’ve met have a Blackberry, an iPhone they can’t use, perhaps an iPad and then a Nokia they actually understand. They also have a press secretary, and research assistants, and wives, and mistresses, etc. They all have phones and cars. I understand that the government has a cashflow problem, but before they ask people to cut back on dried fish, perhaps they could show a little good faith and cut back on spending and waste.
The average family isn’t driving super luxury cars or having Rs. 6500 buffets. That’s our Ministers. Before they tell working people to eat less, perhaps they should tighten their own belts.
Anyways, check out the actual spending and income report. It’s from the thinking part of the government. Too bad the brain seems to be disconnected from the mouth.