Aadhar for 90 lakh cows

Bhopal, Sept 1: Cows in Madhya Pradesh will be the first in the country to get an Aadhaar identity. Tagged in the ear, the yellow Aadhaar chip will contain the cow's date of birth, address, milk yield, reproductive details and health data, accessible at the click of a mouse. State animal husbandry minister Antar Singh Arya directed officials on Thursday to Aadhaar-tag cows on a priority basis.

As many as 90 lakh cattle, including 54 lakh cows, will get Aadhaar tags. The target is to give 7.5 lakh cattle Aadhaar tags per month across 51 districts of the state.

About 3,600 workers will visit every village, block, tehsil and district to locate cows and fit a chip on their ear with the unique identification (UID) number, after filling a form comprising details of the animal and uploading it on the software. Officials have already punched 1,083 cows in four districts — Khargone, Shajapur, Agar Malwa and Dhar.

An official said the UID would help keep a check on slaughter and illegal transportation. The National Dairy Development Board in Gujarat is the nodal agency for cow Aadhaar in the country.

According to a report in "The Times of India," The task would be completed in two years and was expected to cost Rs 13 crore, largely funded by the Centre, said officials, adding that it was being carried out under the National Mission on Bovine Productivity. Every state in the country has to carry out the exercise.

Like Aadhaar, the UID number given to a cow will not be repeated anywhere in the country, so that even if it is transported from to another place, its record will remain intact and can be updated.

Aadhaar cards of cattle will help in breed improvement, health monitoring and production, said officials. Also, a buyer can check the cow's history and it will help track missing cattle.