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Jains’ contribution to exchequer “astounding”

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Chennai chapter of Jain International Trade Organisation opened

— Photo : M. Vedhan

range of plans: (From left) Hemant M.Shah, president, Jain International Trade Organisation; Suresh M. Mutha, chairman, Chennai Chapter, Pusp Jain, MP and Arun Jain, Chairman and CEO Polaris Software, at the inauguration of JITO-Chennai Chapter on Sunday.

CHENNAI: 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.

Varsities planned

Chennai Chapter chairman Suresh M. Mutha said the organisation planned to open chapter in each and every metro and also in Tier-II cities that hase ain population. It also wanted to set up universities in each State.

The Chennai chapter would provide specialised coaching to those who take the IAS, IPS, IRS and other examinations.

JITO president Hemant N. Shah said the organisation’s vision was to unite all Jains, achieve higher economic prosperity and take care of the underprivileged. “Our forthcoming activities include trade directory with one lakh entries for wider business and social contacts, Jain managed educational institutions, training 1,000 students in 10 years for administrative examinations, trade workshops and opening of new chapters in India and overseas.”

Abhay Srisrimal of Shasun Chemicals spoke about the contribution of the Jains to the country’s economic growth. In Tamil Nadu, Jain Mahasangh was giving assistance to 1,300 families.

Arun Jain, chairman and CEO, Polaris Software, urged the Jains to come out with a single phrase to convey the meaning of Jainism so that they could build a brand around it. “We know Jain’s message. But people in our country have different opinions about Jainism. Therefore, the answer lies in converting the complex message into a single sentence to develop the community and the nation.”

The Chennai chapter will cover Jains living in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

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