Punjab would emulate Gujrat and Madhya Pardesh by introducing chip system to maintain exact count of cows in the state.
Revealing this, Punjab Gow Sewa Commission chairman Kimti Lal Bhagat said here on Monday that a micro chip with unique identification number would be implanted in every cow which would be difficult to remove. The technique would help the state prepare a database for cows which would further help in their conservation, he added. He informed that the same company which had undertaken the cow tagging work in the other two states had been hired by Punjab. Chips would also help in checking fraudulent loans and claims against cow insurance policies, he claimed.
Bhagat revealed that Rs 2 crore was being spent in each district to construct a gowshala (cowshed)for the upkeep of stray and sick cows. These gowshalas would get free electricity and water supply, he added. He revealed that the state had received Rs 1800 crore from the centre for preservation of Sahiwal breed of cows. Officers of the rank of deputy director in the animal husbandry department had been appointed nodal officers in the districts to oversee cow welfare activities, he said.
Bhagat held a meeting with district officials and asked them to implement government policy on cows.