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
Arvind Subramanian raised the idea of paying a small sum to every adult and child, regardless of their wealth, in India's Economic Survey 2016-17, an annual document released by the ministry of finance.Read more