Sikkim to be the First State with Universal Basic Income(UBI)

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Sikkim’s ruling party, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), recently declared to start off the Universal Basic Income scheme in its manifesto prior to the Assembly election in 2019 and goals to put into effect it by 2022. If everything goes according to the plan, it will likely be the first state to implement UBI in India.

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The province is going to polls simultaneously with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Chamling, the longest-serving leader minister in India who has been in office due to that 1994 is seeking re-election.

“UBI is a scheme that some of economists have pointed out and it works well in growing nations. It has been tested even in India, debated within the Finance Ministry as early as 2017,” Prem Das Rai, SDF MP in the Lok Sabha.

He also pointed out that the idea of a UBI has been tested in states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and tribal belts with pretty massive samples and it may be carried out in places like Sikkim.

UBI has been around globally for a while and had its fair share of controversies. UBI in simple terms way that every citizen receives a positive sum of money from the authorities each month. Or surely put, government equally sharing its wealth with the public.

The International Monetary Fund defines regularly occurring basic income as “a cash transfer of an identical quantity to all individuals in a country.”

While it sounds the excellent factor possible to happen — to get cash doing nothing, the ones against it say the UBI version is not sustainable and make people lazy and depending on handouts from the government.

One of the first nations to test Universal Basic Income became Finland, in 2017 wherein 2,000 unemployed people had been paid 560 euros each month for two years. However, U.S. Later decided now not to hold its pilot programme past 2018.

Similar experiments have been undertaken in international locations like the Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, and America.

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