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Ration Card: Eligibility Criteria and Step-by-Step Name Registration Process Explained

The article explains the eligibility criteria and step-by-step process for registering a name on a ration card, highlighting its importance for accessing government schemes and services.

Shivam Dwivedi
Ration Card: Eligibility Criteria and Step-by-Step Name Registration Process Explained (Image Source: NIC)
Ration Card: Eligibility Criteria and Step-by-Step Name Registration Process Explained (Image Source: NIC)

A ration card is a crucial document that allows the general public to access a variety of government schemes aimed at supporting the needy. With this card, individuals can avail benefits such as free or subsidized rice, pulses, wheat, and sugar from the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops. Additionally, in several states, poor families receive essentials like lungis, towels, dhotis, and sarees through their ration cards.

Beyond accessing food supplies, a ration card serves as an essential document for various administrative purposes. It is required for opening bank accounts, enrolling in savings schemes at the post office, purchasing mobile phones, and creating or updating an Aadhaar card. Hence, registering one's name on the ration card is critical for receiving government assistance and conducting essential activities.

UP Govt Halts Mandatory e-KYC for Ration Cards to Ensure Smooth Food Distribution

Recently, ration card users in Uttar Pradesh received significant relief as the state government temporarily halted the mandatory e-KYC process required for receiving ration supplies. The government had initiated e-KYC to verify ration card holders and their listed consumers. This process required each consumer to visit the ration shop and authenticate their identity using the e-POS machine. However, the implementation led to distribution challenges, with less than 50% of consumers receiving their food grains by the designated date. Consequently, the government has postponed the e-KYC requirement until further notice, easing immediate access to food supplies for cardholders.

Eligibility Criteria for Getting a Ration Card

To apply for a ration card, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an Indian citizen.

  • Must be over 18 years of age.

  • No family member should hold a government job.

  • The annual family income should not exceed Rs 5 lakh.

  • The household should not possess a four-wheeler.

  • The monthly income of any family member should not exceed Rs 10,000.

Steps to Register a Name on a Ration Card

  1. Visit the Official Website: Go to https://nfsa.gov.in/sso/frmSSOUserRegistration.aspx

  2. Initiate the Application Process: Click on the option to create a ration card.

  3. Fill in the Required Details: Enter your name, address, and other necessary information.

  4. Upload Necessary Documents: Submit copies of documents such as your Aadhaar card, Voter ID, and utility bills (electricity or water).

  5. Submit the Application Fee: Pay the required application fee online.

  6. Verification and Issuance: After submission, your eligibility will be verified. If you meet the criteria, your ration card will be issued within a few days.

The ration card system plays a vital role in ensuring that the benefits of government schemes reach the most vulnerable sections of society. By simplifying the application process and removing temporary barriers like e-KYC, the government aims to make these benefits more accessible to all eligible citizens.

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