The concept is identical but the exercise designed to execute it is thoroughly different. In other words, the cattle won’t have to queue up to get an Aadhaar card. Nearly, a lakh technicians have been called up since New Year’s day, equipped with tablets in thousands.
Their focus is basically to affix a tag with a 12-digit unique identification number inside an ear of each of the 89 million approximately cows & buffaloes within a year. All these actions are the consequence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling the income of dairy farmers by 2022.
The whole purpose of UID’s is to track the cattle so that they can be vaccinated on time and through scientific methods the bleed, milk production could be increased.
As per the Officials, the technicians had given proper training to affix a polyurethane tag inside the ears of the cattle with a tag applicator. The tag is tamper-proof, cannot be opened by a wrench and is designed to last for years. Affixing the tag is a meticulous job, as per the official. He also explained that the yellow-coloured tag with two parts has to be fixed with the help of a tool in the centre of the ear lobe. The tag made from thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, weighs just eight grams to cause minimum inconvenience to the animal, the official said. The technicians will update the number in an online database through a tablet after every tag is fixed in an animal. More so, the cattle owner will be given an ‘animal health card’ having mentioned the UID number on it.
The card will also have owner’s details, status of periodic deworming and vaccinations of the animal as well as breeding details. This would be helpful in tracking the cattle along with all its details. The Centre has set aside “148 crore for procuring the tags, tag applicators, tablets and health cards,” officials said. Additionally, there have been set up targets for every state to be accomplished by the year 2017.
For instance, Uttar Pradesh has allotted the target to affix tags on 14 Lakh cattle every month. And, on the other side Madhya Pradesh has to tag 7.5 Lakh cattle every 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 whole country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (9 million), Rajasthan (8.4 million), Gujarat (6.2 million) and Andhra Pradesh (5.4 million).