Ration cards were initially issued to all households, against which the household was issued food grains and fuel at a subsidized rate. The ration card also served as a proof of identity and address before the onset of other documents like passport and PAN cards.
Ration cards continue to be used today, with deserving individuals receiving free ration through it. They also continue to be used as proof of address when applying for a government service such as a PAN card, etc.
However there have also been instances of fraud, where the individual obtains more than their share of ration or where individuals not eligible for ration obtain it, depriving more deserving people of it.
To combat such instances, the government has made it mandatory to link ration cards with an individual’s Aadhar card. The Aadhar card is a unique identification number that also contains the individual’s biometric information. With the Aadhar being linked to PAN card, the individual’s financial transactions are also linked.
Why Link Aadhaar Card With Ration Card ?
By linking the Aadhar card to the ration card, the government will be able to put a stop to instances where individuals obtain multiple ration cards. The government will also be able to stop individuals who are ineligible for ration as their income is above the ration threshold from claiming ration, ensuring only deserving individuals receive the subsidized fuel/foodgrains.
You can link your Aadhaar with your Ration card either offline or online. The procedure for both is listed below.
Aadhar Link To Ration Card Online
To link your Aadhaar card to your ration card online, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Go to the official Aadhaar seeding website and click on “Start Now”.
- Enter your full address, including district and state.
- From the options provided, select the Benefit Type, which is “Ration Card”.
- Choose the scheme name, which is “ration card”
- Enter your ration card number, Aadhaar number, email address and mobile number.
- An OTP (One Time Password) will be sent to the mobile number you have entered in the form.
- Type in the OTP, after which an on screen notification will inform you that the application process was successful.
- Your application will be processed and on successful verification of the details provided, you will receive a notification informing you that your Aadhar card has been linked to your ration card.
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Aadhar Seeding to Ration Card - Offline
Individuals who wish to link their Aadhaar card with their ration card offline can do so by following the below mentioned steps:
- Take photocopies of the Aadhaar cards of all family members as well as a photocopy of your ration card.
- If you have not linked your Aadhaar card with your bank account, take a photocopy of your bank passbook.
- Also take a passport sized photograph of the head of the family and submit these documents to the ration Office.
- Once the documents have reached the relevant department, you will notified by SMS or email.
- The authorities will process your documents and once the ration card is successfully linked to the Aadhaar cards, you will receive a notification.
News about Linking Aadhaar Card With Ration Card
Tamil Nadu district to organize special camp for Aadhar cardholders
In a move that can convenience thousands of residents, the District Administration in Dindigul will be organizing a camp to help people link their Aadhar cards with ration shops. This is primarily being done to simplify the process and provide benefits to residents. The government also has plans to ensure that all ration cardholders have smart cards by 2017, ensuring they get the benefits of PDS goods. The camp will utilize the services of members from the Panchayat Secretary, officers from the Taluk Supply, Cooperative Departments, Revenue Inspectors, etc. in order to successfully link the Aadhar card with ration shops.
25th November 2016
Matrimonial website to use Aadhar for background check
The number of Indians who use matrimonial websites to find their life partner is increasing on a daily basis, with companies jumping on the bandwagon to ensure people find the perfect match. While this has made it easier to meet a prospective partner, there are also cases where people have been cheated. Individuals using face credentials to woo people are on the rise, which is why a few websites have introduced background checks to improve overall safety. In a move which could allay the fears of thousands, matrimonial website LoveVivah has tied up with the Unique Identification Authority of India to ensure that fake profiles are weeded out.
As per this collaboration, individuals who wish to use the portal will have to submit their Aadhar details, with the company doing a back-end verification of these details to ensure that only authentic profiles are approved. In addition to the Aadhar details, the website will also verify the information by utilising LinkedIn, Facebook, mobile number and email.
28th November 2016
Aadhar to be linked to Ration Cards
The district administration of Thane has directed its citizens to immediately link their Aadhaar Card numbers to their Ration Cards to avail benefits from fair price shops. In a statement from the District Supply Officer citizens have been asked to link their Aadhaar Cards to their Ration Cards by the 15th of November and those who fail to do so by the stipulated date will not receive ration benefits thereafter and their names will be deleted from the list of beneficiaries. As per the Food Security Bill of 2013 it is essential to link the Aadhaar Card to the Ration Card.
8th November 2016
Introduction of Biometric System in Ration Supplying in Thane
According to Ravindra Chavan(State Food and Supplies Minister), biometric system has been introduced in the system of ration supplying in Thane. Now, the residents can get their ration by just registering their thumbs. This will also eliminate any scope of misuse. The digitizing of the operations will help every family to get their share of designated rations without any kind of misconduct.
20th October 2016
Haryana to soon Link Aadhaar Cards with Ration Cards
The Chief Minister of Haryana Lal Khattar announced that the state will introduce the system of linking aadhaar numbers with ration cards as a move to curb the leakages in public distribution and to eliminate bogus ration cards. The new system will bring more transparency in the entire process, thus providing the original ration card holders with maximum benefits. The minister said that beneficiaries will have to mark their biometric attendance for getting their ration from the stores. The minister also discussed about other social welfare schemes that the government is planning to launch in the state.
17th October 2016