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Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India

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by Sarath Davala & Renana Jhabvala & Guy Standing
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Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India by Sarath Davala & Renana Jhabvala & Guy Standing

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.

The book draws on a series of evaluation surveys conducted over the course of the eighteen months in which the main pilot was in operation, supplemented with detailed case studies of individuals and families. It looks at the impact on health and nutrition, on schooling, on economic activity, women's agency and the welfare of those with disabilities.

Above all, the book considers whether or not a basic income could be transformative, in not only improving individual and family welfare but in promoting economic growth and development, as well as having an emancipatory effect for people long mired in conditions of poverty and economic insecurity.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 240
Size: 3.7 MB
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781472583123 (DRM-EPUB)

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