Minimum income guarantee is the election promise from India’s lead opposition
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted the measure is aimed at eradicating “poverty and hunger.”
We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 28 January 2019
If voted to power in 2019, the Congress is committed to a Minimum Income Guarantee for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty & hunger.
This is our vision & our promise.
However, details of how much the minimum income will be or the specific workings of the scheme are unclear.
Who will pay for it?
The radical measure will require huge financial as well as
On surface, the idea resembles the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI), which guarantees a predetermined amount of money the government pays all its citizens. Indian state of Sikkim is currently running a pilot on UBI, the first Indian state to do so. As a concept, UBI, is yet to be tested around the world on a large scale.