New Delhi : The Union Cabinet on Monday accorded minority status to the Jain community. Now, the members of the community will get reservation in central jobs and in central educational institutions.

The decision comes a day after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi rang up the Prime Minister and asked him to heed the Jains’ demand.

Jains will be the sixth religious group to be notified as a minority, besides Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis: they are recognized as such under the National Commission for Minorities Act.

Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan broke the news of the Cabinet decision to members of the Jain community assembled at his residence. He pointed out that they already enjoy minority status in 14 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and now their demand for similar status at the national level has been upheld.

Numerically, the Jain community is small, with a population of about 50 lakh but they are prosperous, mostly engaged in business.

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