* Government can take over majority community temples and religious organizations but cannot touch any minority worship places and other organizations. Hence, this religious minority status will help us protecting Jain temples, pilgrimage centers, educational institutes and other organizations.
- Religious Minority status for Jains will ensure protection of one of the oldest live religions of the world —Jainism as well as the unique Jain way of life. Jain community will be eligible to conserve its religion, languages, culture etc as per provisions of article 25 to 30 of Indian constitution.
- The government cannot take over Jain religious places such as temples, dadabadi, samadhi, pilgrimage centers, trusts etc. Moreover, the government has to take initiative for safety and security and development of such centers.
- Properties owned by Jain religious trusts will be exempted from rent control act.
- Jain educational Institutes will have the right to teach Jainism and its philosophy.
- The government will provide various benefits in opening and running a school, college, hostel, research institutes, hospitals etc. Government land will be obtained at a subsidized rate.
- Government interference will be minimized in opening and running educational and other institutes.
- Jain institutions will be able to reserve 50% seats for Jain students.
- Meritorious and BPL students will get the full exemption in tuition fees in schools.
- Jain students will be eligible of free or subsidize coaching in coaching colleges run by universities.
- Jain students will be eligible of grants for training in business and administrative courses.
- Jains will have access to cheaper and subsidized loan for technical and other education and also for business.
- The government will pay grant and scholarship to promote cultural and games and sports activities to Jain students and youth.
- There will be wealth tax exemption for donations for charitable and religious causes.
- Jain community will get special benefits in government employment.
There are several communities belonging to low-income groups engaged in labor-intensive professions including small farming. The lesser known fact is that a large number of Jains belong to such groups are even below poverty line (BPL Jains). The almost unknown fact is that several Dalit, OBC, tribal and scheduled caste communities also follow Jainism. Even the mainstream Jain communities are largely ignorant of this fact. These deprived communities following Jainism are badly in need of central and state government schemes for minority communities.
Here is a hastily prepared list of some lesser known Jain communities with their major engagements and localities. All these communities and many more following Jain religion are in dire need of the benefits of minority status.
Khandelwal — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada.
Bakarwal (shepherds) — Kashmir
Chaturth ( peasants) — South Maharashtra, North Karnataka
Jain Kalar, Dharmpal, Metaraj, Veerval (Dalits)— Rajasthan and Malwa (MP).
I urge all members of Jain communities to know about such benefits and claim it for themselves, community members, religious, social and educational institutes.
जैन वास्तव में धार्मिक अल्प संख्यक ही हैं
(Vardhaman Gems, Jaipur represents Centuries Old Tradition of Excellence in Gems and Jewelry)