Sikkim becomes first state to roll out Universal Basic Income


Sikkim,though being a smallest state have set a initiative to introduce UBI in the entire nation.Sikkim’s long lasting chief minister and head of sikkim’s ruling party(sikkim democratic front) Pawan kumar chamling, quoted that if everything goes right then sikkim would be the first state to implement UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME SYSTEM and execute it by 2022.This scheme is also regarded as an alternative to social welfare programmes with benefits towards reducing poverty.


The UBI basically is an income given to families irrespective what do they do.It means everyone and every household will get an income irrespective of their profession. In other words ,it is a step taken by the government to alleviate poverty by providing a basic income to all citizens.This same scheme has been tested even in India. The UBI has been tried in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and the results are fairly good.

The Kingdom of Sikkim was founded by the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century. It was ruled by a Buddhist priest-king known as the Chogyal. It became a princely state of British India in 1890. After 1947, Sikkim continued its protectoratestatus with the Republic of India. It enjoyed the highest literacy rate and per capita income among Himalayan states. In 1973, anti-royalist riots took place in front of the Chogyal’s palace. In 1975, the monarchy was deposed by the people. A referendum in 1975 led to Sikkim joining India as its 22nd state.