Apply for Ration Card
What is a Ration Card
and Why is it Needed?
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 purposes.
What You Need to Do
to Obtain a Ration Card
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 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 conducts spot inquiries
by recording the statements of two independent witnesses in your neighbourhood.
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
is also a provision for making amendments to valid Ration Cards.
Select a State to Download the Ration Card Forms, for that State