The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to start an ambulance service to provide quick treatment to sick cows and in the event of them getting injured in accidents.
State dairy development minister Chaudhary Luxminarayana said in Mathura that the service, which would be called 'Abhinav Ambulance', would start operating in the state in the next few days.
''The ambulance will provide treatment to the cows on the spot in the event of their accidents or taking it to the veterinary hospitals.....we will make sure that the ambulance reaches the spot within 15 minutes,'' the minister said.
He said that a call centre would also be established so that the information about the sick or injured cows could be sent to the ambulance service providers.''The ambulances will have a veterinary doctor and a paramedical staff,'' Luxminarayana said.
The minister said that the state government had already sanctioned the budget for 520 ambulances. ''UP will become the first state in the country to start such a service,'' he added.
The ambulance service for the cows would be launched by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath shortly, he said.
The minister said that the state government provided financial help for the purpose of operating 'goshalas' (cow shelters).