To be cattle in India has just gotten much, much better. If it wasn’t enough to have laws enacted by politicians and have their statuses protected by the judiciary, cows and buffaloes will also have their own unique identity now. The move is part of the central government’s plans of tagging and tracking cattle to ensure they get vaccines on time, which can improve their breeding and milk production, and double the industry’s income by 2022.
According to a report in The Economic Times, nearly one lakh technicians are fanning out across the country since 1 January, and will affix a tag containing a 12-digit unique identification number inside the ear of every single cow and buffalo in the country — all 88 million of them. The ambitious project will be concluded by the end of this year and comes at a cost of Rs 148 crore.
These ‘animal Aadhaar cards’ will contain the breed and age of the cattle, as also information about the owner, location and also details about its vaccination.
“The Centre has also fixed targets for individual states to be completed within 2017. Uttar Pradesh has to affix tags on 14 lakh cattle every month, for instance, while Madhya Pradesh has to tag 7.5 lakh cattle a month. India has nearly 41 million buffaloes and 47 million indigenous and cross-bred cows that produce milk. UP has the highest cattle population (16 million) in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (9 million), Rajasthan (8.4 million), Gujarat (6.2 million) and Andhra Pradesh,” the report said.
The Central Government wants to create a new plan for turning the political storm over the Gorakhya. Under this, the central government is also considering introduction of Aadhar card scheme for cows.
The central government has clarified this intention on Tuesday in the court on Tuesday. The central government is considering a mechanism like UID to track cows.
Under this technique, care of cow, age, color and other things will be taken care of. The seriousness of this can be estimated from the fact that the Union Home Ministry has submitted its recommendation to the Central Government.
On this issue, the central government has said in its report in the Supreme Court that there should be a unique identification number to track every cow and its calf in the country.
In this report, the center has also shared suggestions on keeping a special care after the age of giving milk to animals.
Govind Prasad, CEO of Jharkhand State Implement Agency for Cattle and Buffalo (JSIACB), a wing of the central government, said, “Cattle owners will have to fill out a questionnaire comprising details like addresses and phone numbers. These details will be fed on the National Dairy Development Board’s database with special identification tags of the cattle, such as their photographs, age, race, complexion, body structure, etc.”
Once the plan is implemented, it will not only improve the fortunes of dairy farmers, it will also mean the police of the country can focus on more mundane operations, since no Azam Khan would enlist their help in tracking down his stolen buffaloes!