Ambulance service for cows in Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya flags off service

Vaibhav Tiwari
The toll-free service will have a veterinarian and an assistant.

Lucknow: Days after reports came that Modi government is mulling an Aadhar card for cows, an ambulance service for cows in the state has been launched. Named Gauvansh Chikitsa, the ambulance service for the bovine animals was flagged off by deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Monday.

According to the Hindu, the toll-free service will have a veterinarian and an assistant. Initially, the service will be launched in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Mathura and Allahabad. Other cities will also have similar service in the future.

The service is being launched in collaboration with MGRNEGA Mazdoor Kalyan Sanghathan. The ambulance service will take injured or ill cows to ‘gau shalas’ and veterinary hospitals.

A brochure released by the Sanghathan has said that action will be taken against those who desert ill or injured cows. Keshav Prasad Maurya shared photos of the inauguration of the service on Facebook.

Cow protection has been a burning issue since the Modi government was formed in 2014. In UP, Yogi Adityanath closed illegal slaughterhouses in the state.