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Give People Free Money: India’s Opposition Pledge Borrows AOC Playbook

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India’s primary opposition political party, the Indian National Congress, has launched a controversial policy this week. It plans to give free money for the poorest 20 percent of the population. The policy is similar to the growing movement for Universal Basic Income (UBI), touted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang. The concept, which has been trialled in Finland, is becoming increasingly popular. But does it work? And can India even fund such a wildly expensive policy? @INCIndia President @RahulGandhi promises a minimum income guarantee for the poor if voted to power in the #LokSabha polls. @pravchak speaks

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