Economy General elections 2019: Congress' income scheme is a political necessity, time to accept some variant of it Updated : April 09, 2019 12:43 PM IST Naturally, the announcement, by the Congress has opened up a debate on universal basic income, and whether India can afford it. Poverty is a reality, despite the massive growth rates India has seen post liberalisation. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.