Where there is a will, there is a way. We believe in Rahul Gandhi and in his will to ensure the basic income guarantee scheme. So, we believe that he will find a way around it too. Because money can’t be the problem in India at all. We have enough money. What we need is will. And his idea to launch a surgical strike on poverty is so novel that we, too, are willing to help him with a few ideas.
1.). Cancel bullet train project
Who needs a bullet train when you don’t have basic income?
According to the Central Statistics Office, there were 24.95 crore households in India in 2011. Rahul Gandhi said if he is voted to power, his government would offer a minimum income of Rs 72,000 a year. According to experts, this will translate into Rs 3.6 lakh crore annually.
Where will the money come from? Experts are scratching their heads.
Very simple. Shed extravagance.
The cost of the bullet train project reportedly is a whopping 1.1 lakh crore. So, for the first year, one-third of the cost is sorted.
The next year, you can cancel the Bharatmala Pariyojana — the cost of that project is 10 trillion.
2.). Take Vijay Mallya seriously
Just a day after Rahul Gandhi announced this scheme, Vijay Mallya tweeted his grievance. ‘Why do the banks not take my money’.
See, there are Indians hiding elsewhere offering money on Twitter.
They can be taken more seriously.
3.). Consult Justin Trudeau
Let experts rot over piles of research papers on which country has tried this scheme before and failed and etc.
Rahul Gandhi can just visit Justin Trudeau — global observers have noticed striking similarities between the two — to ask him why the UBI programme launched in Ontario was axed before time.
4.). Cut MPs' salary
This is the hornet’s nest. But if you are willing to provide a universal basic income to strangle poverty, you have to stir up this nest. How can those who represent the poor Indian in Parliament get Rs 1 lakh salary per month — apart from innumerable other sources of income?
5.). Save the best for the last
If all these fail, then Rahul Gandhi can just fall back on his 2013 self when he had said, “Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.”
Meanwhile, we love Rahul Gandhi’s confidence.