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Gujarat's Jewish community gets religious minority status

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The government has granted religious minority status to the Jewish community in the state.

The GR to this effect was issued on July 6 by the state's

"After careful consideration, (the) state government hereby resolves to accord religious minority community status to the Jew community living in Gujarat," the GR read.

"As religious minority members professing the faith of Judaism, they shall get the religious minority rights envisaged in the Constitution and various acts and rules of the state government," it stated.

"They shall get benefits of welfare schemes formulated for religious minority communities within the jurisdiction of Gujarat," the GR said.

The GR stated that the Jewish community had made a representation to the for minority status.

"has a small Jewish community with no more than 170 members, a majority of them located in Ahmedabad," Aviv Divekar, of Ahmedabad's Magen Abraham Synagogue, said.

Vijay Rupani, during his trip to last month, had announced that his government was in the process of granting religious minority status to the community.

Gujarat had also hosted Israeli during his six-day visit in January this year.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:55 IST