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Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011: 7 things it says

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New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2015 1:04:11 PM

Just 4.6 per cent of all rural households in the country pay income tax while such households with salaried income are close to 10 per cent, the first Socio Economic and Caste Census released in eight decades said on Friday.

CENSUSJust 4.6 per cent of all rural households in the country pay income tax while such households with salaried income are close to 10 per cent, the first Socio Economic and Caste Census released in eight decades said on Friday. (PTI)

Just 4.6 per cent of all rural households in the country pay income tax while such households with salaried income are close to 10 per cent, the first Socio Economic and Caste Census released in eight decades said on Friday.

Releasing the Census, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the data will help in better targeting of government policies.

“The enormity of schemes and reaches that all governments have, this document will form a basis of helping us target groups for support in terms of policy planning,” he said.

He said the document will reflect the reality of India and be a very important input for all policymakers both for the central and state governments.

Here are 7 points you need to know in Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011:

1. Just 4.6 per cent of all rural households in the country pay income tax while such households with salaried income are close to 10 per cent

2. The percentage of Scheduled Caste (SC) households paying income tax was 3.49 per cent while Scheduled Tribe (ST) tax-paying rural households were mere 3.34 per cent

3. The total households in the country — rural plus urban — stand at 24.39 crore. The census survey, which was carried out in all the 640 districts of the country, pegged rural households at 17.91 crore.

4. Of all the rural households, 7.05 crore, or 39.39 per cent, was termed as ‘Excluded Households’ which did not have an income of over Rs 10,000 per month, or did not own either an automobile, fishing boat or kisan credit card.

5.While 5.39 crore (30.10 per cent) out of total rural households depended on crop cultivation for sustenance, 9.16 crore (51.14 per cent) earned income through manual casual labour. Some 44.84 lakh worked as domestic helps, 4.08 lakh were rag pickers and 6.68 lakh beggars.

6. Of all the rural salaried households, 5 per cent earned salaries from the government while those employed in the private sector constituted 3.57 per cent of the total households.

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