Over 15L cows in Jhark­hand to get health cards soon


Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - 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 (CEO), Jhark­hand State Im­ple­ment Agency for Cat­tle and Buf­falo (JSIACB), 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 Rs 1.57 crore for the project, which also in­cludes tag­ging cat­tle with Aad­haar-like 12-digit unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (UID) num­ber. The Jhark­hand govern­ment will also pro­vide about Rs 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 health check up is done, Nakul Swasthya Patra (health card) will be is­sued for the re­spec­tive cat­tle,” Ti­wary said, adding, “We have re­ceived the cen- tral fund and have writ­ten to the state govern­ment to pro­vide its share so that the pro­gramme could be com­pleted in time.”

He said, “The health card will help the dairy farm­ers to keep a record of their live­stock and in­for­ma­tion on age and dates on which they should get their an­i­mals vac­ci­nated and in­sem­i­nated.”

Ti­wary said the card would also in­clude in­for­ma­tion about the vet­eri­nar­ian who has given medicine, vac­ci­na­tion, ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion and ge­netic back­ground of the bull or se­men used. Cat­tle suf­fer with var­i­ous dis­eases such as black-quar­ter, bru­cel­losis, foot and mouth dis­ease. “A record of dis­ease helps in treat­ment,” he said, adding, the health cards would be linked to the UID num­bers so that the an­i­mals’ de­tail could be found eas­ily.

An­i­mal hus­bandry depart­ment of­fi­cials said the unique ID would also help So­ci­ety for Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals, con­sti­tuted in each district of Jhark­hand, to mon­i­tor and check il­le­gal trade of cat­tle in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts.

In a bid to check il­le­gal trade of cat­tle and their slaugh­ter­ing, the Jhark­hand govern­ment is­sued an or­der on March 27 this year for clo­sure of all il­le­gal slaugh­ter­houses across the state. The state ad­min­is­tra­tion has closed more than 1,000 il­le­gal slaugh­ter­houses so far.

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