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February 1, 2011

Jains and wealth

Filed under: data,Jains — Razib Khan @ 3:32 pm

The 2001 Indian Census found that 95% of Jains were literate, and, that over 80% were involved in non-agricultural work. But I want to see some references backing this datum up, Jains’ contribution to exchequer “astounding”:

The Chennai chapter of the Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) was inaugurated here on Sunday by Pusp Jain, MP.

In his address, Pusp Jain said though the Jains formed a little less than 1 per cent of India’s population, their contribution to the exchequer through income tax was an astounding 24 per cent. In case of calamity or tragedy, they were the first to offer help.

More precisely Jains are 0.40% of India’s population, implying that they contribute 60 times to the tax base than would be proportionate.

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