Now Unique Identification Number For Cattle
New Delhi: While lakhs of people are yet to obtain their Aadhar cards, the Centre proposed to give a unique identification number to cows in the country. This proposal was made to Supreme Court, a news agency reported on Monday.
This proposal comes at a time when an intense debate was going on in the country against cow vigilantism.
Submitting its report to the apex court, the Central government proposed a unique identification number for every cow and its progeny across the country for tracking them. The government also advocated special care for cattle beyond the age of milking. A committee headed by Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary was appointed to look into the issue. The recommendations it made became the basis for Centre’s proposal.
Centre has, in its report, emphasised the need for cow protection and acting against smuggling of cattle across the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The report also pitched for one shelter home for at least 500 abandoned animals in every district to help reduce smuggling of cattle across the country.
According to the report, nearly one lakh technicians are all set to affix a polyurethane tag on the ears of the cattle with a tag applicator.
The Centre is prepared to reach out to almost 88 million cows and buffaloes in the current year.
The tags cost Rs. 8 a piece, and the Centre has set aside Rs. 148 crore to procure all the necessary material.
After fixing the tab, the technician updates the number in an online database and also provides the cattle owner with an animal health card consisting the UID number and other details like vaccinations, deworming and so on.
The Centre feels that this move will help in tracking the cattle.