We all know of Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique random number that establishes the identity of every Indian, by capturing his/her name, gender, age, etc. and linking this basic demographic information to that person’s biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scans.
While the Aadhaar unique identification number (UID) has attracted much attention, debate, fanfare, flak, controversy and even litigation, another giant database — this one relating to livestock information — is currently being created in India. The nodal agency and repository for this Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health or INAPH is the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The similarities with Aadhaar are striking: INAPH, too, assigns a unique random identification number to each animal, while capturing a host of data and information useful for the effective and scientific management of India’s livestock resources. When completed, it will also be the biggest global database of animals.
The INAPH project, in its first phase, would cover the country’s 94 million-odd productive “in milk” female cow and buffalo population — all indigenous, nondescript, crossbred as well as exotic milch animals.
Read more of this in a report by Tarun Shridhar, published in The Indian Express... (Link given below)