Punjab Declares Jains A Minority Community

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LUDHIANA – On the eve of Mahavir Jayanti, the Punjab Government today issued a notification declaring the Jains as a minority community under Section 2 of the Punjab State Commission for Minority Act 2012. With this, the state government has fulfilled a long pending demand of the community.

Announcing this at a function held to mark Mahavir Jayanti, Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal had pursued the issue with all departments to fulfill the long pending demand of the community.

On the occasion, Majithia also hit out at the Congress: “During its regime from 2002 to 2007, the Congress even cancelled the public holiday on Mahavir Jayanti. Parkash Singh Badal, after assuming power in 2007, restored the holiday.” Majithia called upon the people to follow the philosophy and teachings of Lord Mahavir.