The Central Government provides subsidized food products such as Rice, Kerosene, Sugar, Edible Oil etc used to procure many essential documents like Driving License, Aadhaar Card and Passport.
For Indian citizens, the Ration card is always a boon for the families or the households as it allows them to get access to heavily subsidized food products through the Central government’s Public Distribution System.
Eligibility Criteria for Ration Cards
For any citizen to get the Food Security Card he should able to clear all of these points which are listed under the Eligibility Criteria. Also, the Food Security Card is provided based on their Annual Income as mentioned above
1. BPL Ration Card:
Before applying for any BPL Citizen must make sure that his/her name is not listed in the family members list of the other Ration cards – In case if it already listed read this article about the removal of name procedure.
- This card is issued to families living Below the Poverty Line (BPL).
- These cards can be Green, Blue or Yellow in colour.
- The Total Annual Income should be less than Rs.6400/- (in rural areas).
- Or the Annual Income should be less than Rs.11,850/- (in Urban Areas).
This card is issued to the families or the Households who don’t have any access to any LPG or Gas connection because it will enable them to get subsidized Kerosene in addition to the Food Products.
2. APL Ration Card:
The Citizen either a Male or a Female must make sure that he/she is a Permanent Resident of India and have to be living in any state of India.
- This Card is issued to the families who are living Above Poverty Line (APL).
- In Rural Areas, these cards are Orange in colour while in urban areas they give Pink Colour.
3. Honorary Ration Card:
These are issued to the People who are not interested in the Subsidized Food Products but need Ration cards as an Identity proof Document or as an Address Proof Document.
People who are issued these are supposed to be the middle/rich people who earn a lot through their respective occupations. And these people won’t get any of the Food Products from a Fair Price Ration Shop.
4. Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AYY):
This type of Ration Card is issued to the People who don’t have a Stable or any regular source of income. People like Workers, Labourers, Elder people, unemployed and also physically Handicapped.
We also cover the complete information about AAY Here.
Categories Of The Ration Card
To provide to all the classes of the people in India, the government has provided different types of Ration Cards.
There are four different types which are listed as follows:
- The Yellow Ration card or BPL Ration Card
- The Pink Ration Card or APL Ration Card
- The Honorary White Card
- Antyodaya Anna Yojana
Even though these are colour coded those colours may vary from state to state. Before a citizen to get a Ration card, there are some of the eligibility criteria which should be applicable to that particular Citizen.
Who Can Apply for Ration Card
Other than the points listed above, any Member who is holding or listed in another card must surrender their present Ration card and have to apply for a new one. Other your Application form will get rejected always.
A deletion certificate has to be procured to update the record if any family member moves out.
Similarly, in the case of addition of new family members (childbirth, marriage, adoption), an Addition certificate can be procured by submitting documents such as the birth certificate. In both cases, the new card will be provided on the same day.