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West Bengal Jain Samaj has welcomed the announcement of Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Hon'ble Union Minister for Minority Affairs that Jains will be conferred minority status at National Level soon. Mr. Justice BL Jain (former Judge of Calcutta High Court), Mr. Narayan Jain, former member of West Bengal Minorities Commission and Mr. B.L. Dugar, Convenor West Bengal Jain Samaj have thanked the Hon'ble Minister and the Central Government.
The Jains are already declared minority at State Level in 13 States including West Bengal. With the recognition at national level the Jain students will get the benefit of various scholarships of Central Government, which hitherto they are not getting. This has been a long standing demand raised by the Jain Community.
With such decision, it seems that the Congress is scoring some brownie points ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Jains might be prompted to vote for the Congress as well. ''It is not the only consideration for voting, but sympathy is generated towards any party fulfilling pending demands of such community,'' said Narayan Jain, former member of the West Bengal Minority Commission.
The spokersperson of the Jain Community, Gurgaon, Abhay Jain feels this will not influence Jains, as they are smart and intelligent. He said, ''We do not think it will influence the Jain community in favour of the UPA and the state government, as it is too late. This change seems to have been brought about for just votes only.''
Twitter abuzz with tweets
After Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians & Parsis it's turn of Jains. Center set to give minority status to Jains http://t.co/CUN9quGp96— Snigdh Chandra (@SnigdhChandra) January 8, 2014
Congratulations fellow Jains.. Whether we like it or not congress has imposed the minority status on us in India.. Pathetic— Aadit Kapadia (@ask0704) January 8, 2014
Now the ‘Breaking India’ forces want to separate Jains from Hinduism http://t.co/UJbm7SAUNE— dr parag (@ParagDr) January 7, 2014
What does a minority status mean for Jains?