Ration card is an official document issued to the citizens by the state governments of India to purchase groceries at fair prices. Ration card can also be used as an identity proof. Under the National Food Security Act, the state governments are directed to identify two classes of eligible households based on income. Below mentioned are the types of ration cards issued as per the National Food Security Act;
1) Priority Ration Card: Each member with priority ration card is entitled to avail 5 Kgs of food grain at subsidized prices each month. Each state has its own eligibility criteria to issue priority ration cards.
2) Antyodaya: Each member with Antyodya card is entitled to avail 35 Kgs of food grain each month at subsidized prices. Poorest of the poor are issued Antyodaya cards. Each state has its own eligibility criteria to issue Antyodaya cards.
National Food Security Act was enacted in 2013 to cover 2/3rd of India’s population for receiving the benefits of subsidized food grains under the targeted public distribution system. Under this scheme, the central government of India would financially support the state governments when there is shortage of grains. Before enacting National Food Security Act in 2013, ration cards were classified as below.
Above Poverty Line card (APL): Each member was receiving food grains of up to 15 kgs based on the availability and priority.
Below Poverty Line card (BPL): Each member was receiving food grain of 25-35 kgs based on the availability and priority.
Antyodaya card (AAY): Each member was receiving food grains of 35 kgs and was issued to the poorest of poor.
Below mentioned are the eligibility criteria for different types of ration cards based on the income as per National Food Security Act enacted in 2013;
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1) Below Poverty Line Ration Card (BPL) or Blue Card: This type of ration card is issued to the members of a family whose annual income is less than Rs 6,400 in rural areas and Rs 11,850 in urban areas. These families should not have LPG connection. This card entitles the card holders to avail kerosene along with food grains at subsidized prices.
2) Above Poverty Line Ration Card (APL) or Pink Card: This type of ration card is issued to the members of a family whose annual income is above Rs 15,000 but less than Rs 1,00,000. These cards are pink in color and have a photograph of the head of the family on the card
3) Honorary Card: This type of card is issued for the sole purpose of proof of personal identification and does not have any benefits of availing groceries at subsidized prices.
4) Antyodaya Annayojana Card: This type of card is issued to the members of an extremely poor family that do not have stable/regular income. Usually these cards are issued to seasonal workers, laborers and unemployed.
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Note that you have the required documents in hand to apply online. Below mentioned are the steps to be followed for online submission of application for a ration card in Karnataka;
Note: If you do not have access to the phone number linked with your Aadhaar, then you will need a biometric device as you need to authenticate Aadhaar to verify. Aadhaar is mandatorily linked to ration card. If you do not have a biometric device, then you need to visit your nearest biometric booth for online submission.
One needs to follow the below mentioned steps to track ration card status online;
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Choose the one that you want and check your status.
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