Over 15 lakh cows in Jhark­hand to get health cards soon

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTNATION - San­joy Dey San­joy.dey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

RANCHI: Aimed at keep­ing record of their health un­der the Cen­tre’s ‘Pashud­han San­jee­vani Scheme’, over 15 lakh cows in Jhark­hand will soon get health cards, of­fi­cials said.

Jhark­hand would be the first state in the coun­try to launch the scheme to pro­mote per an­i­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity of cat­tle and buf­faloes, said Govind Prasad, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Jhark­hand State Im­ple­ment Agency for Cat­tle and Buf­falo, a wing of the govern­ment of In­dia.

In Jhark­hand, fe­male bovine pop­u­la­tion is around 48 lakh, of which 41.94 lakh are cows.

How­ever, only 18 lakh milch bovines, in­clud­ing 15 lakh cows, will be pro­vided the health cards in the first phase, which is ex­pected to be­gin next month.

The cen­tral govern­ment has al­ready granted ₹1.57 crore for the project, which also in­cludes tag­ging cat­tle with Aad­haar-like 12-digit unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (UID) num­ber. The state govern­ment will also pro­vide about ₹1.04 crore for the scheme.

Ear­lier, Jhark­hand pi­o­neered UID tag­ging of cat­tle un­der Cen­tre’s INAPH (in­for­ma­tion net­work for an­i­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity and health) pro­gramme. The state had al­ready tagged over 70,000 cows with UID num­bers to pre­vent il­le­gal trans­porta­tion of cat­tle, im­prove their milk yield and mon­i­tor their health, of­fi­cials claimed.

INAPH’S Jhark­hand nodal in-charge KK Ti­wary said the health check-up pro­gramme along with UID tag­ging would be started next month. Over 500 vet­eri­nary doc­tors would be en­gaged for the drive, he said. “Once the check up is done, Nakul Swasthya Patra (health card) will be is­sued for the re­spec­tive cat­tle,” Ti­wary said, adding, “We have re­ceived the cen­tral fund and have writ­ten to the state govern­ment to pro­vide its share so that the pro­gramme could be com­pleted in time.”

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An of­fi­cial punches the Aad­haar tag on a cow in Ranchi.

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