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 Rolls, etc.
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 purposes.
- You may obtain the application form for making a new Consumer (Ration)
Card from any Circle Office/ S.D.O. Office.
- You will require passport-sized photographs of the head of your
family attested by a gazetted officer/MLA/MP/Municipal Councillor, 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
There is also a provision for making amendments to valid Ration Cards.