Commonly referred to as Permanent Ration Card (PRC) it is called Household Consumer Card (HCC) in government offices.
Benefits of Ration Cards
- A Ration Card is a very useful document for Indian citizens. It ensures citizens in the procurement of essential commodities at a subsidised rate.
- Nowadays, it has also become an important tool of identification.
Use of Ration Card as ID proof
One is asked to produce a copy of Ration Card as an ID proof at the time of applying for other documents like:
- Domicile Certificate,
- Inclusion of name in the Electoral Rolls,
- Getting driving license,
- Telephone connections,
- Mobile SIM cards,
- Passports, etc.
Type of Ration cards
- State Governments issue distinctive Ration Cards to Above Poverty Line, Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya families.
- Families living below the poverty line are entitled to get Blue/Yellow/Green/Red cards (issued by distinctive states) under which they can avail special subsidies.
- Sometimes state governments also issue temporary Ration Cards, which are valid for a specified number of months and are issued for relief purposes.
- For kerosene oil, one has to obtain an additional card commonly called Blue card. Blue card is issued to only such persons who do not use LPG.
- One will have to visit the District Supply Officer/District Food and Supplies Controller/Assistant Food and Supplies Officer/Inspector Food and Supplies in their region to obtain the application form for making a new Consumer Ration Card.
- The person can also contact at a Circle Office and get a form.
- Nowadays, these forms are also available at web portals. (click here for download the proforma for Delhi)
- After getting the form one should fill in the particulars.
Who can apply for a ration card?
- Any person permanently residing who desires to have a ration can be issued if:
- He, or some other person on his behalf, is not already in possession of such a card.
- He or any member of his family is not included in another ration card.
How to apply for ration card?
- Obtain the application form for making a new Consumer (Ration) Card from Circle Office or District Supply Office (in some states).
- The consumer will get prescribed form D-1 from the above mentioned offices.
Documents required for applying for a Ration Card
For specified proof(s) of residence
- Water or Electricity bill
- Name in the voters' list
- Name in the family register
- Letter of the Head of the department if the applicant is in service
- In case of tenant, NOC of landlord or any other relevant document like rent agreement or receipt.
- If the applicant has shifted from another place then a cancellation of the old ration card is also required.
- Passport-sized photographs of the head of the family attested by a gazetted officer/MLA/MP/Municipal Councillor.
- In case one is not able to provide any proof of residence, the Circle FSO conducts spot inquiries by recording the statements of two independent witnesses in his/her neighbourhood.
- Except the cost of Ration card, i.e, Rs 3, no other fee is charged for the service.
- The fee may vary from state to state between Rs 3 and 15.
- For obtaining services under Tatkal Service (in some states), the applicant will have to deposit Rs. 100/- as processing fee and obtain receipt from the office.
Time for preparation of Ration Card
- 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.