(Expert) 01 March 2018
Ration Card entitling the holder to a ration of food, fuel, or other goods issued by the Government of India. They are primarily used when purchasing subsidized foodstuffs (wheat, rice, sugar ) and kerosene.They are an important subsistence tool for the poor, providing proof of identity and a connection with government databases. India's public distribution system (PDS) is based on the ration card, which it uses to establish identity, eligibility, and entitlement.
Ration cards are voluntary in India; they are needed to obtain subsidized food and fuel. Eligibility for the Antyodaya, BPL and APL ration cards are based on the economic status of the family. To get an APL or BPL card in the state , the applicant must present: two copies of a photograph of the head of the family (HoF); proof of identity and address and applicable fee, along with the old ration card, if any. Processing typically takes one month.