Since Indian citizens are being allotted a unique identification number by the government, now it's turning into country's best-loved animals.
The concept is similar, though, and the exercise unparalleled in its sheer scale.
In an innovative move, the government of India has initiated a drive to tag AADHAAR-like identification numbers to cattle so that they are vaccinated on time their breeding cycles can be better monitored and the quantity, as well as the quality of their milk production, can be improved. The intention is to bring in significant growth in the dairy sector by 2022.
Nearly one lakh technicians, armed with tablets, have been sent out across the country since New Year's Day with the mandate to track and tag cattle.
Affixing the tag is a meticulous job, an official said, explaining that the yellow-coloured tag with two parts has to be fixed with the help of a tool in the centre of the earlobe. The tag made from thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, costing .`8 apiece, weighs just eight grammes to cause minimum inconvenience to the animal, the official said.
Once the tag is fixed, the technician will use a tablet to update the number in an online database and also provide the cattle owner with an 'animal health card' be recording the UID number, owner's details, the status of periodic deworming and vaccinations of the animal as well as breeding details. This will help track the cattle along with all relevant details.
Earlier the government had flagged off a ₹594-crore project to introduce "sexsorted semen production technology" through machines at 10 semen stations across the country. The purpose is to have six million "genetically improved" female cattle every year by 2019 to make dairy farming financially more rewarding.