There are 5.8 lakh Jains in the state, accounting for 0.96 per cent of the state’s population.
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Transport Minister and BJP state unit chief Vijay Rupani made the announcement in Ahmedabad. This comes nearly two years after the previous Congress-led Centre granted minority status to the community in June 2014
“The decision has been pending also because a large section of the Jain community felt several rituals of the community are similar to those practised by the Hindus, so the Jains are a part of the Hindu community and should not be treated as separate entity,” Rupani, a Jain, said.
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Now, Jain institutions will get special status like those accorded to Christian and Muslim institutions.
The decision comes within a week of the state government awarding 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward class among the upper castes in the face of Patel community’s agitation for OBC quota.