In another step taken towards ensuring cow protection in the state, on May 1, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya inaugurated and flagged off an ambulance service that would exclusively serve the bovine population. The service, named “Gau Chikitsa Mobile Vans” will carry sick and injured cows to ‘Gaushalas’ or ‘Veterinaries’. Apart from this, a ‘cow service helpline’ number has also been created to help the cows in distress. Further, present in the ambulance will be a veterinary doctor and an assistant. Yesterday, Keshav Maurya flagged off five such ambulance services from his official residence.
This ambulance service comes days after the recommendation for creating a unique identification number for cows too that is based on the Aadhaar card. Earlier, in an attempt to stop trafficking of cattle across the Indo-Bangla border, Centre had submitted recommendations for having a unique identification system for cows. The unique identification system like Aadhaar was recommended to keep a track of the movement of cows and to prevent cattle smuggling and illegal transportation. The recommendations put before the Supreme Court listed a PIL filed by Akhil Bharat Krishi Gosewa Sangh and animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi. Union Home Ministry, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar had informed the court that the recommendations have been approved by the Central government and is seeking directions from the court, according to PTI.
According to Indian Express, recommendations stated that, “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. 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”.