Bhayandar: Soon, walking the pet will need a licence. After a delay of six months, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) began to take part in the country’s 20th livestock census under the aegis of the Union Government’s Dept of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF).

The data will be used to introduce pet licences in the twin-city. Once issued, the licence will have the details of the pet, along with the owner’s contact details. Unlike the routine pen and paper mechanism, this time round, the field data will be digitally documented.

As many as 60 contractual computer operators have been roped in as enumerators to set out with tabs to count the species of pet and stray animals—cattle, fowl, dogs, buffalo, sheep and poultry — across the 95 wards in the twin-city. A team of sanitary inspectors will supervise the operation on a mobile app aimed to reduce the time gap in data collection, data processing and report generation.

The enumerators and supervisor will update statistical reports on the system with a unique login ID for online and offline documentation and real-time monitoring of data at the field level. For the first time, the govt will have a breed-wise informa­tion of different species.

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