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Types Of Ration Cards

Types of RationCard (APL, BPL)

Ration Cards play a vital role in India for Public Distribution System. Depending on the economic condition, people can purchase essential things such as kerosene, sugar and food grains on low cost if they are carrying any of these cards.

Three types of Ration Cards are available-

  • Antyodaya Ration Cards which are issued for the poorest only.
  • BPL Cards for persons Below Poverty Line.
  • APL Cards for persons Above Poverty Line.
  • Antyodaya Ration Cards

Antyodaya Rations Cards are for the families which are the poorest in India and having income which is below Rs.250/- (i.e. per capita per month).

Under the expansion of Antyodaya Anna Yojna, AAY Cards are developed and Senior Citizens are also eligible for this card who do not have any regular means or societal support. It is applicable also for the families which are headed by widows or families run by physically handicapped and terminally ill if they are not carrying the possession of BPL or APL Card.

This card is being issued along with BPL Card for the persons whose income is below Rs. 250/- per month. In order to obtain AAY Card, a person needs to submit an application form which has to be duly attested by the Village Sarpanch or by the Municipal Councilor, two group family photographs (passport size) and finally an affidavit. After that a ration card is developed in Green color for Antyodaya beneficiaries. This card holder will get 35 KG of rice for Rs.3/- per kg.

  • Below Poverty Line (BPL) Cards:

Indian Government has introduced BPL Card in order to provide alleviation for poor people in which only poor people of the society are eligible for this type of cards. These people can be bifurcated on daily livelihood such as flower sellers, card pullers, rickshaw pullers, black smith, collies, porters etc. These people are identified by the government employees of the department and then BPL Card is issued with the support of Food and Supplies Department, Union Territory, Chandigarh in which 35 kgs of Rice or Wheat is being issued @ Rs.6.02 and 4.50 per kg respectively.

In order to get this card, a person has to submit an application form which has to be duly attested by the Village Sarpanch or by Municipal Councilor, two group family photographs (passport size) and finally an affidavit which has to be duly specified.

  • Above Poverty Line (APL) Cards:

One needs to present deletion/surrender certificate which must be issued from the belonging region of person from where he is shifted to Chandigarh for having APL Cards. Two group family photographs are also required for this. Time of maximum 15 days is taken for issuing these cards after receiving application form.

Requirements for obtaining an APL Card:

  • Application form should be duly attested by any Gazetted Officer in case of Urban Area and in rural area, it can be attested by the Sarpanch.
  • Deletion/surrender certificate which must be issued from the belonging region of person from where he is shifted to Chandigarh
  • Two group family photographs.
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