Mumbai, July 16: Per household per month, Muslims donate Rs 126 for charity (i.e. to institutions) while Hindus donate Rs 82. But Christians donate far more than these two communities do – the Christians donate Rs 296 per household per month. Even Sikhs are ahead of Hindus by donating Rs 154 for charity per household per month.
But when it comes to donating to priests and individuals, Hindus go ahead of Muslims. Hindus donate Rs 92 per household per month to priests and individuals while Muslims donate only Rs 54. Christians donate Rs 137 and Sikhs Rs 122
However, in absolute numbers of all religious donations, Hindus donated highest of all – Rs 15,660 crore in 2014-15. In the same year, Muslims donated Rs 2,580 crore, Sikhs Rs 1,716 crore and Christians Rs 420 crore.
As per a news report in The Hindu, these facts are from the 72nd round of National Sample Survey (NSS) on Household Expenditure on Services and Durable Goods and have been recently extracted from the NSS’ data by a team of researchers led by Sabir Ahamed of the Pratichi Institute and Zakaria Siddiqui, research assistant at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. The 72nd round of NSS was conducted in 2014-15, but could be accessed only in late 2016.
National Sample Survey is conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) which comes under the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.