Story Source: Southeast Asia Globe ~ Go to Original Article

By Paul Millar.

Fuelled by rampant poverty and fears that rising automation will strip millions of low-skilled workers of their livelihoods, more and more countries are exploring the idea of a universal basic income that guarantees a livelihood for all their citizens.

Seven years ago, every man, woman and child in eight villages across India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh woke to find themselves on the threshold of utopia. For 18 months, while the world watched, more than 6,000 people in the impoverished Indian state received a monthly cash stipend to spend however they deemed fit