Basic income in India
Basic income in India refers to the debate and practical experiments with basic income in India.
The debate has been fostered by the basic income-project organized by India’s Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) with support from UNICEF, which started 2011. The government has since then also declared that they will implement a national basic income, which began in January 2013.
In total there are 20 villages in the project. The villagers in eight of these got basic income and the other villagers were control groups. As of September 2012, the number of people who have received basic income through the projects total 6460. These mostly consist of persons from poorer villages, but also include a couple of hundred from Delhi.
According to the first communication of the pilot projects, positive results were found. Villages spent more on food and healthcare, children's school performance improved in 68% of families, time spent in school nearly tripled, personal savings tripled, and new business startups doubled.
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