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Govt plans to grant minority status to Jain community

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government proposes to grant minority status on the Jains which will ensure the community of 50 lakh certain benefits in government schemes and programmes.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has moved a cabinet note to recognise the community as a minority at the national level, sources said here.

At present, five religious groups – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis – are notified as minorities.

Once recognised as a minority, Jains would get a share in central funds earmarked for welfare programmes and scholarships for the minorities. They can also manage and administer their own educational institutions.
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