RATION CARD CATEGORY TYPES AS PER THE NFSA
Ration card is an official document that provides people with food grains and other ration at subsidized rates, and it also serves as a common form of identification. There are different types of ration cards based on the yearly income of the households.
In India, households are eligible to buy subsidized food grain provided by the Public Distribution System, which comes under the National Food Security act. There are some eligibility criteria for different types of ration cardholders. Also, the government, according to the availability of food grains and the need for the situation, organizes different schemes for the citizens.
There are E ration card services where one can visit the official website of the state and apply for their ration card. Otherwise, the procedure to apply for a ration card is by visiting the ration card office and filling up the application form completely and attaching the necessary documents along with it and submitting it at the office. Below are the documents required by a person to fill the application form:
- Identity proof(AADHAR card, voter ID card)
- Completed and SIGNED application form
- Applicant’s current residence proof to be submitted along with electricity bill or bank passbook
- Rent paid receipt/Land revenue tax receipt
- Photograph of the family members
- Details and proof of annual income
The applicant is also required to pay a basic fee along with the application form. Once the
application is submitted at the office, the file is sent for physical verification, wherein all the details are verified and certify the details submitted for further processing. Once all of these are successfully done and verification is completed, the ration card is created and issued and delivered to the residence of the individual. One thing that is very important is that the application form should be carefully filled because if any false information is found, the applicant would be liable for punishment by the law.
- The applicant should be a permanent Indian citizen
- Should not be holding any ration cards in other states
- Should not have any other family card in the same state
- In the case of Anapurna Yojana, the person should not be earlier acquiring a senior citizen pension.
RATION CARD CATEGORY TYPES AS PER THE NFSA:
The new national food security act has divided households mainly into PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD(PHH) and NON-PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD(NPHH). The households which completely fulfill the eligibility criteria will be considered under PHH, and their ration card would be known as Priority Household Ration Card. Those households which are ineligible under the stated criteria are issued the Nonn-priority household ration card.
PRIORITY CATEGORIES have further been divided into four categories:
- General priority
- AAY(Antyodaya anna yojana) ration card
- AY(Annapurna yojana) ration card
- State priority ration card
- Social security(SS)
NFSA inclusion criteria:
- household without shelter
- household with the head of the family without absolutely any source of income
- households of primitive tribal groups
These are very poor people who do not have a stable income at all. Rickshaw pullers, coolies, and daily wage laborers come under this category.
One should be aware of all the schemes and get their ration card issued if they are eligible for availing benefits.