The much-anticipated debate is over,”Can a single person live with Rs 2500 per month” between Minister Bandula Gunawardana and Ravi Karunanayaka. I really looked forward in watching this debate because both Bandula and Ravi are good in economics and if Bandula Gunawardana proved that a person can live with just Rs 2500 per month it would have been some big achievement. Although looking at the debates Ravi could have done better because it’s easier for Ravi to prove Bandula is wrong than the other way around. But the big question is “is this even a topic to debate about”?
So here’s how some one can live with just 2500 per month.
Most of us have got it wrong from the beginning. According to Mr Bandula a person only need to spend 2500 per month only for food, and according to him a single person only spends 41% for food. So let’s do some calculation, and I think most of the people missed this.
Amount spent for food = 41% = 2500
Amount spent for other expenses = 58% = 3536.60
Minimum amount for a single person per month= 6036.60 (gas + electricity + water + other expenses)
Therefor for a family of 3 = 6036.60 x 3 = 18109.80
For a family of 4 = 6036.60 x 4 = 24158. 40
Now, Rs 24160 is a big amount of money, and because the father is the only one making money in most families, then he has to earn a minimum of 24000 per month. Just to spend for the basic needs of a family, without saving any or using money for anything extra. Anyway, Ravi didn’t do the debate was well as expected and in the end I think looking just at the debate Bandula won the debate this time. Thumbs up for Bandula for coming for the debate.
When it comes to Twitter, twitter went wild during the debate with #BandulaVsRavi hashtag, here are some of the best tweets that I found very amusing.
I was actually shocked when a caller told he can live with just 2500 per month, it will be nice if he can teach us all how to live with 2500 per month. Let’s call it a paid advertisement. So what’s your opinion? Can you live with 2500 per month?
Go to Twazzup to catch all the tweets with #BandulaVsRavi : http://www.twazzup.com/?q=%23bandulavsravi&l=all
Thanks for @groundviews for Tweeting about my post, and yes I agree Ravi should have gone harder at Mr Bandula, Ravi had all the points in the world to prove Mr Bandula is wrong.