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Jains live the longest compared to other minorities in India

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Ahmedabad: Census data has revealed that Jains in India has the highest percentage of members in the above-70 age group, among major religious communities.Also, the percentage of above-70 Jains in Gujarat (6.66%) is higher than the community’s national average (5.55%).

The general percentage of the populace in the above-70 age group in Gujarat is 3.52%, less than the national average of 3.62%. The percentage of people in the same age group among Jains in the state is almost double the state average.

Jitendra Shah, director of LD institute of Indology, said, “I feel that simple lifestyle coupled with rules has led to increasing in lifespan of Jain community members. They stay away from unhealthy habits and even stop eating at night after a certain age. This helps them to reduce various stomach related disorders. The religion has a number of those such as respect to life, vegetarianism and practices like always consuming filtered water among others, that have played a major role in increasing longevity.”

Talking of other religious minority communities, Dr Hanif Lakdawala, a practising doctor and a social activist, said that the reduced lifespan of the members of minority communities is directly related to poor health services and poverty.

The Majority of the population stays in slums with unhygienic conditions. “The low literacy rate among the community leads to late detection of diseases, delayed treatment and early casualties.”

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Government: Census Enumerators Expected to Cover 13 Million Households

This is according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho who made the announcement at a press conference on Monday

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Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and various government officials address a press conference on the progress of the 2019 census on August 26,2019.

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA

The government on Monday stated that each of the enumerators mandated with carrying out the census is expected to have covered 100 households by the end of the exercise. Census.

This is according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho who made the announcement at a press conference on Monday where he also stated that the government will put every effort to ensure the exercise is completed by the set date of August 31, 2019.

A quick skim through the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) website revealed that census personnel include 2,467 ICT supervisors, 22,268 content supervisors and 138,572 enumerators.

Hence if each of the 138,572 enumerators covers 100 households then it would reveal that the government is targeting to account for at least 13,857,000 households.

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The government on Monday stated that each of the enumerators mandated with carrying out the census is expected to have covered 100 households by the end of the exercise. Pixabay

“We have a foolproof system to deter false information and altering of numbers. We are expecting that by end of the 7 days each enumerator should have covered 100 households,” said the PS.

He also added that at least 35 cases of a section of Kenyan citizens obstructing the enumeration exercise have already been reported, with a few of them already in court.

“It’s against the law for anyone to stop enumerators to do their work,” said PS Kibicho, adding that action will be taken against area administrators found to be involved in boycotting of the exercise.

He further thanked bar and restaurant owners for heeding to the call to shut down their premises by 5PM for the first two days of the exercise; Saturday and Sunday.

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The PS also gave the business owners the green light to resume operations saying the establishments can be open Monday from 5PM.

“For Kenyans who have not been counted you still have time that is up to August 31…We expect that by then each household will have been visited.”

“We have agreed as inter-ministerial committee to extend working hours from 6am to 10pm in urban areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kakamega, Kisii, Machakos, Thika,” he stated.