Tracking Stray Cattle
February 2009

Tracking Stray Cattle

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has recently cleared the proposal to implant computer chip in the stomachs of buffaloes and cows to ascertain their ownership and keep track of their movement in the city. The proposal was passed  by the MCD Standing Committee without any debate. The civic body expressed the hope that the microchips in the stomachs of bovines – to be read through a special scanner – would help keep track of their movement in the city, besides checking the mushrooming growth of unauthorised dairies. In fact, a similar project is already being implemented in Punjab and is a common practice in developed countries.

The microchip will have a unique identity number and will ensure that no new animals are smuggled into the city from the neighbouring States and also check the menace of stray cattle. The owners of all authorised dairies would be charged INR 900 for each implant. Each microchip would be given orally to the animals and it would then get embedded in their stomach. The civic body has warned that those animals found without the microchip would be impounded and auctioned.

The MCD took this decision after the Supreme Court's directed that all unauthorised dairies be relocated at Ghogha in Narela in  North-West Delhi. Significantly, while a Corporation survey revealed that there were nearly 35,000 cows and buffaloes in these unauthorised dairies, the civic body was surprised to receive applications for allotment of land for as many as 50,000 cows and buffaloes. Later, investigations revealed that some people  were trying to get dairy land allotted in Ghogha.  

Sandeep Budki

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