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
UIDAI confirms that there is no need of Aadhaar for Ration under PDS
Even if one does not have their Aadhaar linked to their ration card, nobody can deny to provide ration under Public Distribution System (PDS). The Unique identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has called for a stringent actions against culprits after an 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari died after starvation as the administration stopped subsidised food for her family.
UIDAI Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey clarifies that, Aadhaar Act will not stop anybody to get the benefits of welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar. In fact he also confirmed that till the Aadhaar is prescribed, the benefits should be available in alternate means of identification.
19th October 2017
No ration without Aadhaar card link
Ration card holders in Nashik will not receive subsidised food supply from their respective ration shops if they do not update their Aadhaar cards in the concerned Public Distribution System (PDS) shop by June 30.
The Food and Civil Supplies department in the state has made it mandatory to do so. At present, almost 92% of ration card holders have already submitted their Aadhaar card data. Those who do not submit their Aadhaar cards will not be eligible to avail the subsidy in July.
Speaking to the media, Sarita Narke, civil supplies officer for the district, said that Nasik is paving the way and setting an example for other states in the Aadhaar linking process by achieving the high target of 92% compliance. She said that at least one person per family should link their Aadhaar card with the PDS shop and not miss out on getting subsidy.
29th May 2017
Tamil Nadu Government Temporarily Stops Linking of Ration Cards with Aadhaar
The Tamil Nadu Government has stopped the process of linking ration cards with Aadhaar temporarily. This step has been taken to facilitate the printing of smart cards from 1st April, 2017. The TNPDS (Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System) server has stopped since Monday, which has prevented the officials from getting ration cards details from the database. Many people are going to the offices (Taluk/District) to get their Aadhaar linked to their ration cards before the deadline of 31st March, 2017. The present cards will expire on the last date of March, which is why the government has to print the smart cards soon. The data for smart cards will be taken from the database. Officers were stopped to access the server to reduce the load and to focus on work related to smart cards. The details can be changed after the new cards are issued. People who have not got their Aadhaar linked with their ration cards will not receive the smart cards and their cases will be handled by the concerned department later.
31st March 2017
Families Above Poverty Line Can Receive Rations Cards Within a Week by Applying Online
Families above the poverty line in Karnataka received some good news as all individuals who wish to apply for ration cards online can get their document mailed to their residential address within a week of making the application. The Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department of the state made the decision to launch the aforementioned campaign on the 9th of January this year. To apply for a ration card online, individuals can simply visit ahara.kar.nic.in and fill in the necessary details and rest assured that their ration card will be sent to their residence within a period of seven days.
16th January 2017
No new ration cards in Delhi – thousands in waiting list
The National Food Security Act of 2013 was implemented with the idea of providing ration at cheap rates to individuals from poor backgrounds. Thousands of families have benefitted under this scheme, utilising their ration cards to get food grains at subsidised prices. According to recent reports, close to 30,000 families are yet to be enrolled under the scheme in Delhi, as the threshold for the city has exceeded the limit. While the current threshold is 72.8 lakh people, close to 72.91 lakh people have applied for ration cards.
The major problem lies with the software, which locks once the threshold is reached. Previously, ration cards were not provided as the government insisted on individuals to have an Aadhar to process the application. While most of the applicants now have their Aadhar cards, this threshold has prevented them from getting their ration cards. The government aims to delete bogus entries from the list to accommodate these requests.
5th January 2017
Aadhar-Linking of Ration Cards by Dec 31 in Karnataka
The minister of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs of Karnataka, UT Khader, directed DCs (Deputy Commissioners) across the state to complete the process of linking Aadhar numbers with Ration Cards by December, 2016.
Speaking to the DCs in a video-conference, Khader said that problems are cropping up with Aadhar linking where a cardholder has shifted residence. He requested such cardholders to update their address in their Aadhar cards and provide the same to the ration department.
He asked the Food and Civil Supplies department to seek help from other departments of the government, in particular the Revenue department to meet the deadline on Aadhar seeding of ration cardholders.
6th January 2017
Aadhar card has helped in cancelling ration cards
There are instances when an individual has acquired more than one ration card. Though it is illegal, there are many individuals who have managed to get a ration card without meeting the required threshold. To eliminate this issue, the digitalization of ration card by seeding Aadhaar is considered to be an essential step. The government urges the seeding of Aadhaar to ration card in order to cancel cards that don't meet the guidelines. The digitalization will also help in managing the cards effectively. Currently, Bihar and north east of India is straggling in the seeding of Aadhaar to ration cards. The government is taking necessary steps to make sure duplicate and void ration cards are canceled. As of now, Aadhaar card has helped in cancellation of over two crore ration cards.
27th December 2016
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