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Jains notified as minority community
Jan 21, 2014

According to the National Commission on Minorities the definition of the word’ Minority’ includes Muslims, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs and Buddhists, these communities are notified as minorities by the Central Government.

Recently the Union Cabinet has amended this definition by giving its approval for inclusion of Jains as a minority under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The Attorney General through the Ministry of Law and Justice has opined that this would be neither be illegal nor unconstitutional.

This decision would allow the community to run their educational institutions as per the same rules that govern all minority institutions. As of now, Jains are regarded as minorities in some States, including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Jains, according to the 2001 Census, make up 0.4 per cent of the country’s population.






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