Opinion | Universal basic income scheme may not be right for India Story4 min read 20 Jan 2019, 11:10 PM IST
UBI will be very difficult to repeal once introduced and so the government would do well to deliberate over the issue
Pending elections always seem to galvanise governments into announcing schemes and accelerating the pace of governance. With general elections due in April-May, the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled government has been spurred into action, driven by recent losses in three stronghold states and a continuing economic crisis caused by deepening farm distress and rising unemployment. The announcement of a 10% quota for economically weaker sections in the general category and filing of sedition charges against protesting university students are being viewed as a government clutching at all available electoral straws.
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