How to obtain a ration card?
You can obtain an
application for ration cards from your ration office or district office.
There are three types cards, Yellow, orange and white. The yellow cards are
given to families below the poverty line. Orange card is for those having an
annual income between Rs.15,000/- and Rs.1 Lakh. Those families having an
annual income of over Rs.1 Lakh are given white cards.
The Food and Civil Supplies Department of the state
government controls the functioning of the PDS (Public Distribution System)
and policy decisions are taken by the Rationing Controller.
Card holders should
not be intimated by threats made by the rationing shopkeeper. He has no
powers to seize, change or cancel their cards.
Approach the Public rations Officer at Window
No. 1 for Free assistance. Do not involve any middlemen who approach you.
To obtain a
new ration card, fill up form No. 1, attach all the required documents and
pay a fee of Rs. 5/- only.
information form to be
filled in Hindi or Marathi (so spelling mistakes are not made when they
translate from English). This form can be obtained and submitted at your
local rationing shop.
true copy of address proof (Electric bill, bank pass book, election voterís
Head of the
If nobody belonging to applicants family is found
present at the time of door visits by the officer, then the processing may
get delayed. But, after maximum 2 door visits; if nobody belonging to
applicants family is found present, then application will be disposed off.
Listed below are the
various types of forms to be filled up by card holders:
names to an existing card, fill up from No. 8
names from the card, fill up Form No. 9 and get a certificate from the
ration office to this effect.
To replace a
lost or mutilated ration card, fill up from No. 15.
alternations such as change of address fill up from No. 14.
If the card holder is
moving to Mumbai from districts or from outside the state, he will have to
get a surrender slip from his old rationing office and present it at the new
rationing office. If the card holder did not have a ration card in his
former home he will have to get a certificate from the 'talathi' of his
district to this effect. In case where documentary evidence cannot be
produced, the Rationing Inspector will inspect the home, verify the
statement of the applicant and issue a temporary card.
Society of India reports that, to obtain a ration card applicants do not
need to have a fixed residence. Tenants, sub-tenants, pavement dwellers,
temporary construction workers, contract labour and hostels can all obtain
ration cards after inspection to verify produce a "no objection" certificate
from the owner of the premises.
The ration shop has to display:
a. The registration number of the ration shop (ARS No.).
b. The number, address and phone number of the ration office.
c. The inspector's name and the time of his weekly visit.
d. The stock position of all rationed commodities in units.
e. The official price list.
f. The total number of ration cards registered with the shop.
g. The total number of units.
A complaints book has to be available to
If the grains are of bad quality you have a right to
complain and have then exchanged. Samples of the available food grains
have to be displayed in the ration shops in sealed plastic bags bearing
the number of the godown and the date of delivery. The card holder can
compare the quote given to him with the sample in the bag and ensure
that he is given the same quality. If samples are displayed in plates
you could be cheated. All complaints to the Ration office must be in
Marathi. The Ration Kriya Samiti has drafted detailed letters that will
enable one to send effective complaint that will address their ration
problems. Download the ration card complaint form here: