Religions

Despite minority class status, no recognition to Jains in the Punjab

July 08, 2018 10:25 PM

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government could not able to recognise Jain community as a minority community. The Government of India (GOI), ministry of Minority affairs had notified Jains as minority community and a gazette notification had been issued on January 27, 2014. Despite the direction of GOI, the State Government seems still in confusion to recognise Jains in minority community. But the ignorance of the government costs much to the beneficiaries, including students of this community across the state, especially in Fazilka, Mukatsar and Ludhiana district.

The GOI had included Jain community in minority in addition with Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians in 2014 and circular had been issued nationwide including States, Banks and other institutions. Numbers of States have implemented it, but in Punjab, the situation is different. Sources in the revenue department told that such letter had been issued to circulate, but as a routine matter. Even some districts could not able to find the circulars in the heaps of files. To get the benefits from the welfare schemes, there is no need of minority certificate and self-attested certificate is sufficient, but to get the benefit of admissions in educational institutions, scholarship, and education loan etc., minority certificate is necessary.

Talking to media, a youth leader from Jain Community, Stinu Jain Lambardar of Abohar, told that numbers of representations have been given to the State administration, while the GOI has also issued direction to the state Government in this regard, but in vain. Interestingly, the banks in Punjab have recognised the Jains as minority and maximum loan, Rs 1,130 crore has been granted to Jains till the March, 2018, among the minorities’ communities.

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