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Centre wants UID for all cows with details of horn, tail, breed, age

The bench posted the matter for detailed hearing on Tuesday.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2017 8:19 am
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The central government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it wants an Aadhaar-like unique identification system for cows to track their movement and prevent inter-state and inter-country smuggling. Adducing a report by a committee appointed by the Union Home Ministry, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told a bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar that the Centre has approved the recommendations in principle. The bench posted the matter for detailed hearing on Tuesday.

The committee, headed by a Joint Secretary in the MHA, was constituted after the apex court prodded the government to stop smuggling of cattle, especially through the porous borders with Nepal and Bangladesh. “Each animal (should) be tagged with a unique identification number with proper records of identification details such as age, breed, sex, lactation, height, body, colour, horn type, tail switch, special mark etc,” says the report.

It points out that the Ministry of Agriculture has devised a tamper-proof method for identification of cattle, using polyurethane tags with a unique identification number sequence. “This may be made mandatory for all cows and its progeny throughout India for all cattle that is owned. Already, mass tagging of cattle for insurance purpose is being done by Livestock Development Boards and Animal Husbandry Department of state governments,” it says.

The committee has proposed that a state-level databank should be set up, which may be linked with a national online database for registered cattle. “The protocol for such registration may be notified by the Ministry of Agriculture and also allocation of suitable budget for the registration of cattle in a phase-wise manner across the country. A nodal officer may be appointed as the Registrar of Cattle Premises, appointed in each state under the Registration of Cattle Premises Rules, 1978, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act,” says the report.

Amid the nationwide debate over attacks by “gau rakshaks”, the committee has recommended that “all cattle being transported may have identification tags” and that “no animal transportation may be permitted without ‘fitness to move certificate’ to be issued by registered veterinary officers.”

Calling for a uniform law for cow preservation and protection in India, the committee has also proposed restrictions on “private inter-state trade/ transportation of cattle” and said that “only government agencies may be allowed inter-state trade/ transportation.”

Favouring increased penalty under the PCA Act, it has said that “penalty to be increased from Rs 50… make all offences under the Act cognizable.”

Pointing out that cattle smuggling is a by-product of the dairy industry, the report says: “Barren cows or bulls or low-yielding animals are sold to organised smugglers or are abandoned on the roads from where they are captured and smuggled to international borders. Such sales and abandonment of cattle is rampant and without any onus or responsibility on the part of the cattle owner.”

The panel has suggested that “state governments bordering Bangladesh may prohibit livestock markets within 20 km distance from international borders.” It has also recommended that state governments should be responsible for the safety and care of abandoned animals. Each district should have a shelter home with a capacity to house at least 500 abandoned animals to help reduce smuggling, and such units should be funded by the states.

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  1. SUDHIR YADAV
    Apr 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    So we can afford to spend on cows UID. Can we not use this money to install some kind of concealed transceivers in guns used by CRPF jawans in Naxal areas which can be traced once stolen from the jawans in an unfortunate event?
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    1. Sudarshan Nityananda
      Apr 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm
      In early days, gold smuggling was a great problem. Policing and punishments had little effect. The moment the customs duties on gold were made low, smuggling ceased , almost by magic. Similar arguments apply to cow smuggling into Bangla Desh. The farmer who has an aged cow seeks to earn back something ( maybe RS 10-15000) from of cow and then put in some more money and get another cow to continue milk production. If there is a strict ban on cow slaughter, smuggling will automatically take place, no matter what one does.. Best is to allow every person to sell his / her cow/ bull/ buffalo after a certain age to any buyer without bothering about what happens to the animal thereafter. Absurdities like Cow Aadhar etc will then become redundant and we can stop becoming the world’s laughing stock.
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        NRC
        Apr 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm
        #BJP knows everything except governance!
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          NRC
          Apr 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm
          Another scam on the way! The cattle po tion will dwindle! You will see the impact in 5-10 years.
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            Juju
            Apr 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm
            Photograph of the owner should also be there in the Gau Adhar Card {GAC}AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD START A SCHEME TO REWARD THOSE COW OWNERS WHO NEVER SELL THE GAU EVEN AFTER IT GOES DRY. DESH DHARAM KA NATA HAI GAU HAMARI MATA HAI
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