They will be in addition to the five communities already notified as a minority. These are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis).
The cabinet last week approved notification of Jains as a minority community at the national level.
The change was made by a government notification last week.
Jains comprise 0.4 percent of India’s population and in the 2001 census, were about 42 lakh-strong. Their population is now estimated at around 50 lakh.
Once recognised as a minority, they will get a share in central funds earmarked for welfare schemes and government programmes as well as scholarships. They can also manage and administer their own educational institutions.