Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India by Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Soumya Kapoor Mehta and Guy Standing
By: Davala, Sarath.
Contributor(s): Jhabvala, Renana Mehta, Soumya Kapoor Standing, Guy.Material type: BookPublisher: UK Bloomsbury Publication 2015Description: 234p.ISBN: 9781472583154.Subject(s): Humanities and Social ScienceDDC classification: 339.354
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Would it be possible to provide people with a basic income as a right? The idea has a long history. This book draws on two pilot schemes conducted in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, in which thousands of men, women and children were provided with an unconditional monthly cash payment.
In a context in which the Indian government at national and state levels spends a vast amount on subsidies and selective schemes that are chronically expensive, inefficient, inequitable and subject to extensive corruption, there is scope for switching at least some of the spending to a modest basic income. This book explores what would be likely to happen if this were done.