Sikkim will become the first Indian state to introduce Universal Basic Income

India Today

Sikkim's ruling party, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), recently declared to include the Universal Basic Income scheme in its manifesto ahead of the Assembly election in 2019 and aims to implement it by 2022. If everything goes according to the plan, it will be the first state to implement UBI in India.

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 growing 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 became the first fully organic state, since embracing the mission in 2003 received a fillip from PM Narendra Modi earlier this year

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.

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