New Delhi (Sputnik) — According to the recommendations of the expert panel, the Unique Identification Number of the cattle will be in the form of a polyurethane tag which will contain the details of sex, breed, age, height, color, tail, horn type and special marks on the body. Furthermore, the owner of the cattle must also maintain a registration proof which will be transferred to the next owner in case of a sale or transfer of the cattle.
The Indian government will soon issue an advisory to all state governments and Union Territories for compliance.
Cattle smuggling is rampant across the India-Bangladesh border in the states of West Bengal and Assam. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has pointed out many security loopholes along the border. The committee had noted that despite various efforts taken by the government, the problem of cattle smuggling still persists along the India-Bangladesh border. In fact, the main cause of border firing is usually cattle smuggling.