Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Bovine intervention: Here comes a unique ID number for cows

Bovine intervention: Here comes a unique ID number for cows Bovine intervention: Here comes a unique ID number for cows
Devin Neal | 25 April, 2017, 13:23

In a crackdown on cow smuggling, a committee headed by the Joint Secretary of the Home Ministry has been formed, that has given some recommendations.

Each district, the committee suggested, should have a shelter home of 500-capacity for abandoned animals to help reduce smuggling and such units should be funded by the state.

- ANI (@ANI_news) April 24, 2017Centre also recommends special care for cattle beyond age of milking.

Amidst serious debate over cow vigilantism, the cental government has proposed to the Supreme Court for providing a unique identification number to cows, on the lines of Aadhaar.

In a bid to avail better protection of cows and prohibition of smuggling of cattle across India and Bangladesh border, the Centre today in its report to the Supreme Court said each cow and its progeny across India should get a Unique Identification Number (UID). This according to the government will help in the prevention of widespread cattle smuggling.

"...recommendations of the committee have been finalised and approved by the competent authority", the government told the court. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government have also affirmed that they will soon come out with schemes to facilitate the farmers in distress.

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Funding of shelter homes should be done by the state governments.

After fixing tags, technicians will use tablets for updating number in online database.

It also added, "Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, has devised a method of tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethane tags with a unique identification number sequence".

It further recommended that enforcement agencies working on the Indo-Bangladesh border lay more emphasis on intelligence and information and for this, they could seek active support and co-operation from the public on the movement of animals.

It advocated seeking of cooperation from public to give information on the movement of animals for the objective of smuggling through helpline numbers of BSF and state police.

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