Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India by Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Guy Standing, Soumya Kapoor

By Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Guy Standing, Soumya Kapoor Mehta

Would or not it's attainable to supply individuals with a uncomplicated source of revenue with no consideration? the belief has an extended background. This ebook attracts on pilot schemes performed within the Indian country of Madhya Pradesh, within which hundreds of thousands of fellows, ladies and kids have been supplied with an unconditional per month money cost. In a context within which the Indian executive at nationwide and country degrees spends an enormous volume on subsidies and selective schemes which are chronically pricey, inefficient, inequitable and topic to vast corruption, there's scope for switching at the very least a number of the spending to a modest simple source of revenue. This e-book explores what will be prone to take place if this have been done.

The publication attracts on a chain of overview surveys performed over the process the eighteen months within which the most pilot was once in operation, supplemented with designated case reports of people and households. It appears on the influence on healthiness and foodstuff, on education, on monetary job, women's corporation and the welfare of these with disabilities.

Above all, the ebook considers even if a easy source of revenue should be transformative, in not just bettering person and relatives welfare yet in selling financial progress and improvement, in addition to having an emancipatory influence for individuals lengthy mired in stipulations of poverty and fiscal insecurity.

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The government can pursue these goals by providing public goods and services, including infrastructure, healthcare and schools, and by direct benefits, universal or means-tested. While the Indian state has long provided public services, such as health and education, and targeted social assistance, such as subsidized food through the Public Distribution System (PDS), cash transfers have been marginal in social policy. The most common have been ‘cash benefits’, notably pensions for the elderly, widows and the disabled.

Conditionality The team designing the basic income pilots had extensive discussions on whether conditions should be applied, with a strong consensus against applying any. The main reason was moral. It was presumptuous to think people need to be steered to make decisions in their own interest. As adults they could make decisions for themselves. This was backed by SEWA’s experience showing that people, especially poor people, used cash in the interest of their families and communities, often better than those who had more.

Given the acrimonious debate around cash versus subsidies in India, we decided on an alternative name for unconditional cash transfers, a name that could be seen as compatible with either ideological position and did not have the baggage that cash transfers have acquired. Perhaps ‘basic income’ or ‘citizen’s income’ is the goal to pursue. 1 It does away with means-testing and the exclusion and inclusion errors of measuring poverty lines. It thus removes poverty traps, in which anybody going from a low income to a slightly higher income would lose as much or more in benefits.

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