Ration Card, is a State Subject. Every State has its own Rules and Procedures.
The Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Govt., may have directed that Ration Card cannot be a "Proof of Address", BUT typically, it may be applicable only in Maharashtra.
FURTHER, since a rationing inspector initially inspects the premises (i.e. address) and verifies the occupants "AT THE ADDRESS", his inspection report, being a "public document", is in itself a conclusive proof, of the person residing "AT THE ADDRESS".
Personally, I think it is a fit matter to be filed at the HC, challenging such notification by the Chief Secretary.
Please post your comments & opinions, over here.
Keep Smiling .... Hemant Agarwal
This was reported in "Times of India, dated 20 June'2010, Mumbai edition, page 01".
(read article, as reproduced below)
Ration card not address proof: Govt
Mumbai: The Congress-led Democratic Front government on Saturday said a ration card should not be considered as proof of address or residence. “Ration card is issued exclusively for obtaining essential commodities from shops under the public distribution system. Under no circumstances should it be considered as proof of address or residence. We have asked all heads of departments not to consider a ration card as proof of residence or address,’’ J P Dange, chief secretary, said.
Over two crore ration card holders in Maharashtra have been using them as proof of address or residence for years.
In an official circular, Dange said if authorities don’t consider a ration card as proof of address, the misuse of ration cards will come to an end. Besides department heads, the circular was sent to the regional passport officer, the transport commissioner, MTNL, RBI, oil firms, Cidco, Mhada, police and municipal commissioners and collectors.
‘Address on ration card never verified’
Mumbai: While ordering all wings of the government not to consider ration cards as proof of address or residence, chief secretary J P Dange said: “If an organisation is considering to use the ration card as proof of residence, it will have to take prior permission of the chief secretary.’’
The food and civil supplies department found that the oil companies ask for ration card as proof of residence while issuing permit, MTNL and transport commissioner for registration of telephone and vehicle, higher and technical education department for admission, commissioner of police for court cases, Mhada and Cidco for allotment of flats, collectors for issuing caste certificates or voter cards, banks for issuing loans and income-tax department for PAN cards. “Prima facie, it appears that these organisations consider a ration card as proof of address or residence. Now we are making it clear that a ration card is issued as per provisions of the essential commodities Act for obtaining foodgrain from a PDS shop. As such, it can’t be used a proof of residence or address,’’ Dange said.
When a ration card is issued, the food and civil supplies department inquires about the address of the person. “The department never asks if the residence if legal or otherwise, whether it’s a slum or a pucca house. Since food is a basic requirement, ration card is issued to him so that he can procure foodgrain from PDS shop. By and large, it is issued for a period ranging between three months to five years. Once a ration card is issued, the department has no machinery or network to check if the holder or the family stay at that address or not. Such checking is never done and not possible too. Further, it’s not binding on a card holder to come personally to procure the foodgrain. Taking into consideration all these aspects, it will be wrong to consider the ration card as proof of address or residence,’’ he explained.