• Tamil Nadu Ration Card

    The ration card is an official document which is issued by the respective state governments. The households which fall under a certain category which is eligible for purchasing food grains at subsidised rates through the Public Distribution System or PDS which comes under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). A ration card or a family card is issued on the basis of number of members in a family. The type of the ration card issued to a family also determines the amount of rationed goods that they are entitled to.

    How to check Tamil Nadu Ration Card List 2020

    You can check the Ration Card list of Tamil Nadu for the year 2020, by following the instructions mentioned below:

    1. Visit the official website .
    2. On the webpage, fill up the form with the following details: District, City, and Locality. These sections will lie right after the ‘State’ field.
    3. Alternatively, you can check the status of your ration card list for 2020 on the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation’s official website .

    Tamil Nadu Ration Card Eligibility

    The eligibility criteria for ration cards in Tamil Nadu can be summed up as follows:

    • The applicant should be a citizen of India
    • The family of the applicant should be Indian citizens
    • The family as well as the applicant must be living and cooking separately
    • The applicant and his or her family must be ordinarily resident in Tamil Nadu
    • The applicant and his or her family must not possess a family card which is registered in any other state in India
    • The applicant and his or her family must not have their names enrolled as a member in any other family card within the state of Tami Nadu
    • The applicant and the members of his or her family must be close relatives.

    Documents Required to apply for Tamil Nadu ration card?

    In addition to a duly filled up application form, the other documents required to apply for a ration card in the state of Tamil Nadu can be summed up as follows:

    • Residential proof of the applicant (Current residence in Tamil Nadu)
      • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC), OR 
      • Property tax payment receipt in case of own house (current year), OR 
      • Electricity Bill (last month), OR 
      • Telephone Bill (last month) , OR 
      • Front Page of Bank Pass Book, OR 
      • Allotment orders in respect of persons residing at houses allotted by Slum Clearance Board, OR 
      • Passport, OR 
      • Currently valid tenancy agreement (in case of rented house) 
    • If any card has been issued in respect to a previous address, the same has to be surrendered along with the relevant Surrender Certificate
    • Name Deletion Certificate from the head of the family or non-inclusion of name certificate which has to be issued by the card issuing authority in the previous address.
    • No card certificate which is to be issued by the card issuing authority in case no family card has been issued in the previous address.
    • Details in respect to LPG connection along with the details of the name of the customer under whose name the connection is registered. In addition to that, the consumer no., LPG agency, and Oil Company name have to be provided.
    • If any application has been made earlier, the particulars in regard to the previous application such as registration number, details of rejection, etc. have to be provided.
    • You can also update your contact details such as your email ID and mobile phone number to get direct communications from the said department through automated messages in regard to the status of your ration card application.
    • A self-addressed and stamped postal cover or postcard to enable the office to get in touch with the applicant in relation to the application status.

    How to Apply for a Ration Card in Tamil Nadu

    An applicant can follow the steps mentioned below to apply for a smart ration card in Tamil Nadu:

    1. Visit the official website of Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System.
    2. Select your preferred language and then click on the ‘Smart Card Application’ option under the ‘Smart Card Application Services’ section.
    3. On clicking the ‘Smart Card Application’ option, the application form will open up wherein you have to enter the details in the respective fields provided.
    4. Next, the applicant will be required to upload a scanned photograph of the head member of the family. The photographhas to be in .png, .jpeg, .jpg, or .gif format and the file should not exceed the mark of 10 kb.
    5. The proof of residential address has to be uploaded in either .jpeg, .jpg., .png, or .pdf format. The size of the uploaded file should not be more than 100 kb.
    6. Once the form is duly filled up, review the same for any possible errors in the information provided and then click on the ‘Submit’ button under the form.
    7. Once the form has been successfully submitted, you will receive a reference number. This reference number can beused in the future to check the status of the ration card application.

    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 Tamil Nadu.

    1. Visit the official website of Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System .
    2. Select your preffered language and click on the ‘Smart Card Application Status’ option on the webpage.
    3. You will be redirected to a new webpage wherein you will be required to enter your reference number which is generated 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 Tamil Nadu Ration Card

    The smart ration cards which are issued by the state government will be available on the official TNPDS website. An applicant can use the website to download the smart 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 Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System at www.tnpds.gov.in.
    2. Click on the ‘Beneficiary’ tab from the top menu of the website.
    3. Enter your registered mobile number in the field provided and enter the OTP in the next field.
    4. This will sign you in to your TNPDS profile on the portal.
    5. Click on the ‘Smart Card Print’ option after that and select the language of your preference.
    6. Click on the ‘Save’ button to save a PDF version of your smart ration card.

    How to Make Tamil Nadu Ration Card Correction Online

    The Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System or TNPDS website allows its users to make corrections to their ration cards online. In order to make changes to a ration card, the user of the portal will be required to follow the steps mentioned below:

    1. Visit the official website of Tamil Nadu Public Distribution System at www.tnpds.gov.in.
    2. Click on the ‘Beneficiary’ tab from the top menu of the website.
    3. Enter your registered mobile number in the field provided and enter the OTP in the next field.
    4. This will sign you in to your TNPDS profile on the portal.
    5. Click on the ‘Smart Card Details’ option from the menu panel to make changes to the details on your ration card.
    6. Click on the ‘Edit’ button next to the detail that you want to change.
    7. Make the necessary changes and also upload a scanned copy of the document (if required).
    8. After changing all the details that requires a correction, click on the ‘Submit’ button.
    9. The new information will be subject to approval and a new reference number will be generated.
    10. You can use this reference number to track the status of the changes for your ration card.

    FAQs

    1. If I want to add a new member to my family ration card, can I do that?

      Yes, you can simply visit the official TNPDS website and make a fresh application to add a member to your family card.

    2. How long do I have to wait for my ration card to be issued for me?

      The time required to issue and deliver a new ration card is around 15 to 30 days. Once the application form is duly filled up and submitted, it goes through the approval process after which the ration card is issued.

    3. Do I have to pay any fee when I am applying for a new ration card in Tamil Nadu?

      Yes, you will have a pay a fee of Rs.5 which has been prescribed by the Tamil Nadu state government for the application of a new ration card. This amount has to be paid to the AC or TSO office which is concerned to your locality.

    4. It has been more than 30 days and I have not received my ration card yet. What should I do?

      As mentioned earlier, it usually takes only 15 to 30 days for the entire process of verification and issuance of the ration card. However, if it has been past 30 days and you have not received any communication yet, you can directly get in touch with the Assistant Commissioner or Taluk Supply Officer of your area and find out the reasons for the delay.

    5. If my ration card application gets rejected, what should I do then?

      If the ration card application put forward by you is rejected, you can get in touch with the -

      • Deputy Commissioner of Civil Supplies , Chennai City, North and South , Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department , Chennai 5 in respect of Chennai city and the belt areas around.
      • In the case of all other areas, you have to get in touch with the District Revenue Officer of the respective district.

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