In a report formed by the committee led by the Home Ministry and the Join Secretary, the government has recommended the identification system to curb the issue of smuggling and under-treatment of the abandoned cows. The other important recommendation says that every district must have shelter home provision for abandoned animals with a minimum capacity of 500. It has also recommended that state governments should be responsible for the safety and care of abandoned animals.
Center Proposes UID for Cows: Center proposed an idea to give Unique Identification Number to all the cows just like Aadhaar Card for humans.
The committee further said special care should be given to cattle beyond the age of milking, adding the animals which stop milking are mainly smuggled outside India.
The UID number should be mandatory and should have details like "age, breed, sex, lactation, height, body, colour, horn type, tail switch, special marks details of the animal", the committee suggested.
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The tag would allow technicians to use a tablet to maintain an online database of Unique Identification numbers for cows. There has been a string of cow-related violence, but many state governments, particularly those ruled by the BJP, have defended the action on the grounds that the animal is considered holy by many Hindus. Their mission is to affix a polyurethane tag on the ears of the cattle with a tag applicator.
"The Ministry of Agriculture has devised a method of tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethene tags with Unique Identification Number Sequence".
Cattle smuggling is rampant across the India-Bangladesh border in the states of West Bengal and Assam.
Emphasising on the prohibition of smuggling of animals across Bangladesh, the Centre said that active support and cooperation should be sought from the public. Toll free helplines will be set up where people will be asked to report any suspicious trafficking of cows.