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How to get Ration Card Status Online – Food and Civil Supplies Department

Procedure to
apply for a ration card and track its status online

In India, ration card is a crucial
document required for the purpose of availing food, especially wheat and rice
offered by the government of India. Possession of ration card is also important
to avail LPG and kerosene facilities. A ration card can be obtained in the name
of the family head. Every year, the planning commission of India performs the
task of collecting data relating to annual income of the people. Based on data
collected, this commission defines three levels of poverty. Thus ration cards
are available in three categories, for the extremely poor, for those below
poverty line and for those above poverty line.
Ration Card Status

E-ration
card launched by the government of India

Recently, the government has launched
a new system to avail e-ration card. With the help of internet, people can now apply
for a ration card and track its status easily. Information regarding the
availability and cost of food grains can also be fetched online. Every state
government has a website of its own in order to make it easy for the consumers.
For instance, people belonging to Tamilnadu can visit their respective website
and check for the status of their ration card application.

First step
of application

The consumers are first expected to
create a user name in order to proceed with their ration card application. This
process will only take a moment. A verification link will be sent to their
e-mail address once they create an account with the website. Consumers are expected
to activate this verification link. This will enable them to sign into the
website. After signing in, the consumers can avail several services relating to
ration card. The consumers will find that the websites are highly
self-explanatory and easy to use. 

Filling up
the online application for ration card

As the next step, the ration card
application form given in the website can be downloaded. This application form
is provided for three purposes, to obtain a new ration card, to obtain a
duplicate ration card and to revalidate a ration card. It is important that the
consumers fill in this form with correct information. Applying for a ration
card using false information or suppressed information is considered illegal by
the government. The consumers must understand that the information furnished by
them will be verified by the government before issuing the ration card. The
application form requires basic details of the consumer such as his full name,
residential address and nationality. In case the consumer has lost his original
ration card or if his card got damaged due to some reason, he can apply for a
duplicate by using his original ration card number. In this case, the consumer
will be expected to furnish details of FIR filed by him.

Additional
documents required

While applying for ration card
online, the consumers are also expected to produce a copy of their transfer
order and a surrender certificate. Even though the ration card is issued in the
name of the family head, all the members of the family mentioned in the card
will be verified for their identity before issuing the ration card. The
consumer can upload scanned copies of these documents online. Along with the
application, the consumer is expected to produce his passport size photograph
and a document for address proof. For address proof, a consumer can produce his
driving license, voter id, telephone bill or his employment id.

An alternate
for the documents required

For those consumers who do not
possess any of the above documents, they can get in touch with the inspector of
food and civil supplies. This department will carry out enquiries about the
individual and confirm if the individual is a resident of that area. The
consumers are expected to pay a processing fee while applying for the ration
card. Consumers applying for duplicate ration card are also expected to pay a
processing fee.

Online
linking of aadhar card to ration card

In several states, the government of
India has launched a new plan of updating consumer’s aadhar card information in
their ration card. The aim of this plan is to ensure security from several
cases of fraud. Also, managing these linked ration cards becomes an easy task
for the government. This is generally carried out by visiting the respective
department in the district. But the easiest way to do this is through internet.
Online portals are made available that allow the consumers to link their
aadhaar cards to their ration cards.   

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