Jews Gets Minority Status in Maharashtra

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The minority status has been conferred by the Maharashtra Government to Jews in the state based on the provisions of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004 at the state cabinet meeting which is chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai the decision in this regard was taken.

  • After West Bengal, Maharashtra becomes second state to conferred minority status to Jews.

Key Facts

  • There are 4, 650 Jews in the country of which 2, 466 are grounded in Maharashtra according to the 2001 population survey.
  • The Jews in the state can be calculated individually as a religious sectional including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsis and Jains with minority status.
  • The status will now make the public eligible to benefit various development schemes that the state introductions for the minority community.
  • The community will now become profits of merit-cum-means scholarship, post-matric scholarship, pre-matric scholarship, training and associated arrangements and multi-sectoral development programme that the government runs for minorities.
  • Educational institutes run by Jews now will be qualified to get profit of minority status counting reserving seats for members of their own community.
  • The Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004 authorizes the state government to announce a community minority.
  • The state government had confirmed Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains and Parsees spiritual minorities previously in October 2006.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 23, 2016