The Uttar Pradesh government is all set to start an ambulance service for cows suffering from serious diseases, state Dairy Development, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said on Sunday.
The minister said 515 ambulances are ready for the novel scheme, probably the first in the country. “Akin to the 112 emergency service number, the new service would pave the way for speedy treatment of seriously ill cows,” he told reporters in Mathura.
He said that an ambulance with a veterinary doctor and two assistants would arrive within 15 to 20 minutes of requesting the service.
A call centre will be set up at Lucknow for receiving complaints, under the scheme which will begin by December, the minister said.
Chaudhary said the state’s breed improvement programme will get a boost with the provision of free high-quality semen and embryo transplant technology. He added that the technology will virtually be a revolution in the state as it would convert even sterile cows into high milk yielding animals.
Chaudhary said the scheme would start as a pilot project in eight districts of the state, including Mathura.
(With inputs from agencies)