Universal Basic Income to be featured in ruling SDF's election manifesto

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
19 Jan 2019

Sikkim which has a population just over 6 lakh and already famous for innovative policies now will add another feather to its crown  as the government is aiming to introduce the ambitious Universal Basic Income (UBI).scheme in the state.  In fact the state will be  the first state in the country to introduce the scheme UBI.
The state's ruling party the Sikkim Democratic Front headed by Chief Minister  Pawan Chamling has decided to include UBI in its election manifesto for the state Assembly elections due early this year.
The state government has already started 'one family one job' scheme under which one family member will be provided with a government job which will also help Sikkim to implement attain the UBI. Being hailed as a viable alternative to various welfare schemes and programmes the ambitious scheme would benefit the entire population of 6 lakh people in the state.
The state's ruling party the Sikkim Democratic Front headed by Chief Minister of State Pawan Chamling has decided to include UBI in its election manifesto for the state Assembly elections due early this year.
PD Rai, SDF MP  said that the concept had already been tested in India and various developing countries. The scheme is non discriminatory as, under it, every single inhabitant of the state irrespective of his/her identity or economic status would be guaranteed a fixed monthly income. The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account by the government every month.