How to obtain Ration Card
A Ration Card is a document issued under an order or
authority of the State Government, as per the Public Distribution
System, for the purchase of essential commodities from fair price shops.
State Governments issue distinctive Ration Cards to Above Poverty Line,
Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya families and conduct periodical review
and checking of Ration Cards.
A Ration Card is a very useful document for Indian
citizens. It helps save money by aiding in the procurement of essential
commodities at a subsidised rate. It has also become an important tool
of identification now-a-days. You may need to produce a copy of your
Ration Card as proof of identification when applying for other documents
like Domicile Certificate, for inclusion of your name in the Electoral
Families living below the poverty line are entitled to
Blue Cards, under which they can avail special subsidies. In addition to
permanent Ration Cards, States also issue temporary Ration Cards, which
are valid for a specified number of months, and are issued for relief
- You may obtain the application form
for making a new Consumer (Ration) Card from any Circle Office/
- You will require passport-sized photographs of the head of your
family attested by a gazetted officer/MLA/MP/Municipal Councilor,
the specified proof(s) of residence, and the Surrender/Deletion
Certificate of the previous Ration Card, if there was any.
- In case you are not able to provide any proof of residence, the
Circle FSO/S.I./M.O. conducts spot inquiries by recording the
statements of two independent witnesses in your neighborhood.
- The standard prescribed time
schedule for the preparation of a Ration Card is generally 15 days.
However, the procedure and time limit may vary from State to State.
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