Sikkim To Become First State To Roll Out Universal Basic Income? Ruling SDF Promises Implementation By 2022

The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), the ruling party of the state, has declared that it would include the Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme in its manifesto ahead of the Assembly election in 2019 with an aim to implement it by 2022, reports India Today.

According to the report, if everything goes according to the plan, Sikkim will be the first state to implement UBI in India.

UBI is a model for providing all citizens of a country or other geographic area with a given sum of money, regardless of their income, resources or employment status. The main idea behind UBI is to prevent or reduce poverty and increase equality among citizens.

Sikkim has set up examples in the country in different areas in the past also, some of them being:

Sikkim is the best state for women in the workplace, thanks to its high rates of female workforce participation, there’s less crime against women.

Sikkim’s literacy rate increased to 82.2% from 68.8% in 2001, among the country’s highest.

Sikkim is the least populated state in India, has its per capita GDP growth in double digits since 2004-05.

Sikkim also decreased its poverty ratio by 22% to 51,000 (8.2%) in 2011-12 from 1.7 lakh (30.9%) in 2004-05.

Sikkim also became the first fully organic state.

What is Universal Basic Income?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a programme for providing all citizens of a country or other geographic area/state with a given sum of money, regardless of their income, resources or employment status.

The main idea behind UBI is to prevent or reduce poverty and increase equality among citizens. The essential principle behind Universal basic income is the idea that all citizens are entitled to a livable income, irrespective of the circumstances they’re born in.

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