• Himachal Pradesh Ration Card

    A ration card is one of the official documents which is issued by a state government. As defined by the government, different households fall under certain categories on the basis of their family income. Based on that, these families are allowed to purchase food grains at subsidised rates through the Public Distribution System or PDS. The PDS carries on its functions under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The amount of rationed goods that a family is entitled to is also decided by the type of the ration card issued to them.

    How to check Himachal Pradesh Ration Card List 2020

    You can check the list of ration card for the year 2020 of Himachal Pradesh by following the list of instructions mentioned below:

    1. Visit the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Ration Card.
    2. To obtain the ration card list, you will be required to fill up an online form with the following details - District, City, and Locality.
    3. On submitting the form, you will be able to access the ration card list for the particular locality.

    Himachal Pradesh Ration Card Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility criteria for an applicant who wants to apply for a ration card in Himachal Pradesh can be summed up as follows:

    • The applicant should be a citizen of India
    • The family of the applicant should be Indian citizens
    • The person should not possess any ration card registered to his or her name at the time of making the application for a new card.
    • If the applicant has a temporary ration card which usually comes with a validity of 3 months only.
    • If the applicant has lost, mutilated, defaced, or rendered the ration card useless or illegible.
    • Application for a new card due to change of residential address of the applicant.
    • Entry of new family member in ration card.
    • Entry of a new child member in the ration card.

    Documents Required to apply for Himachal Pradesh Ration Card

    The documents required to apply for a ration card in Himachal Pradesh can be summed up as follows:

    • Documents required for a new ration card: Deletion certificate to stand as a proof that the applicant has not been holding any ration card.
    • Documents required for the addition of a new member to an existing ration card: The addition of member can be addition of a new-born child member or the addition of a spouse-
      • Addition of spouse to an existing ration card: Deletion certificate of the spouse to stand as a proof that the member has not been holding any ration card.
      • Addition of a child to an existing ration card: The birth certificate of the member along with the existing ration card.

    How to Apply for a Ration Card in Himachal Pradesh

    The process for application of a ration card in Himachal Pradesh can be summed up as follows:

    1. The applicant will be required to submit the application form for issuance of Ration card along with the deletion certificate issued from the Panchayat Secretary, Panchayat Sahayak, Food & Supplies Officer or Inspector, or FCS&CA of the previous place of residence to the concerned office along with the supporting documents.
    2. The application form has to be attested by the Head of Office, in case of employees and by any Municipal Commissioner or Gazetted Officer or MLA or Ward Member or any other person who has been authorised by the Government for this purpose.
    3. The concerned office will issue a receipt for the applicant against the application form and the mention the date on which the applicant will be required to collect the ration card.
    4. The applicant will have to produce the receipt for collection of the Ration Card on the given date.
    5. The concerned office might proceed with a background check and verify the new address, as provided in the application form. If all the details are found in order, the office will issue the new ration card or the modified ration card (as applicable) to the applicant.
    6. An inquiry officer will also verify other information regarding members of the family provided in the application form. In the case of addition of birth of child, the birth certificate and original ration card must be submitted to the office. In case of marriage, the Deletion Certificate issued by the previous authority must be attached along with the application form and the existing ration card in which the member is to be added.
    7. If everything is found in order, the ration card will be issued, or else the office will reject the application with sufficient reasons. These reasons will be informed to the applicant on the given date.

    How to Check Ration Card Status Online?

    An applicant will have to follow the steps mentioned below to check the status of their ration card application in Himachal Pradesh.

    1. Visit the official website of ePDS Transparency Portal, Himachal Pradesh.
    2. Select your preferred language and click on the ‘Application Status’ option from the main menu on the webpage.
    3. You will be redirected to a new webpage wherein you will be required to enter your reference number which will be quoted in the receipt which is issued at the time of submitting the application form.
    4. Enter the reference number and click on the ‘Submit’ button.
    5. The status of the application in relation to the reference number provided by you will be shown in the next screen.

    How to Download Himachal Pradesh Ration Card?

    The smart ration cards which are issued by the state government will be available on the official ePDS Transparency Portal. An applicant can use the website to download and print the digital copy of their ration card from the website itself. A user has to follow the steps mentioned below to download the ration card:

    1. Visit the official website of ePDS Transparency Portal, Himachal Pradesh.
    2. The left side of the web page has a menu bar.
    3. Look for the FPS Ration Card option in the menu bar and click on it.
    4. Under the sub-menu, click on the ‘Print Ration Card’ option.
    5. You will be redirected to a new section on the web page.
    6. In this section, you have to select the ‘Input Type’ from the list provided.
    7. Click on the ‘Select Input Type’ field and select ‘Aadhaar’ or ‘Ration Card ID’ as per your convenience.
    8. In the field provided next to it, fill up the necessary details. You can either enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number or you can use your ration card ID in the HP-XXXXX-XXXX format.
    9. Click on the ‘Search’ button to get the results.
    10. Use the print option at the bottom of the displayed ration card to download the file or take a printout of the same.

    FAQs

    1. Where can I get the application form for the issuance of a ration card?

      You will be required to submit a duly filled up the Form-II application for the issuance of a ration card in Himachal Pradesh. You can collect the physical copy of a form from one of nearest offices or you can just visit the official website of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs of Himachal Pradesh at https://food.hp.nic.in/ to download the form. It is available in 2 languages – Hindi and English.

    2. How long does it usually take for a ration card to be issued in Himachal Pradesh?

      The expected date of the issuance of the ration card is mentioned in the receipt itself. However, this time period might vary. Under normal circumstances, it usually takes a week or less than that for a ration card to be issued in Himachal Pradesh. This is on the basis of the day when the application form is submitted along with the other relevant documents.

    3. Are there any fees which is applicable to the issuance of ration cards?

      A nominal fee is applicable for the issuance of ration cards.

    4. What is the fee applicable for the issuance of a new ration card?

      A fee of Rs.5 is applicable for the issuance of a new ration card.

    5. What is the fee applicable for the issuance of a duplicate ration card?

      A fee of Rs.5 is applicable for the issuance of a duplicate ration card.

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