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Finding an online ration card application in India
The Government used to give out Above poverty line (APL) Ration
cards, Below poverty line (BPL) cards and Antyodaya ration cards. The APL cards
receive 15 kilos of food grain per individual while the BPL, between 25-35 kgs
and the last set more than 35 since they are the poorest of the poor using that
card. Ration cards are a proof that the bearer is authorized to receive the level of rations such as subsidised food grains, sugar and kerosene the particular card describes.
Now there are two types of ration cards, Priority ration card, that meet
the state eligibility criteria and Antyodaya cards which are for the even poorer people.
Green in colour, the Antyodaya card also called the PDS yellow card, acts as a form of identification, to receive the level of rations the card describes.
The rashan card process was created by the Government to assist with the national food security act. Under this act, state Governments have to identify households in need of food grain to give them access to the public distribution system. The system is thriving across
India with more than 40 million below poverty line families availing of food grains through the scheme.
Tamil Nadu changed their system of ration cards by introducing smart ration cards, which
are being distributed to almost 2 crore families in the state.
The ration card system is not without scams and in a recent investigation it was found that there are more than 3.75 crore fake ration cards in the country. This is for individuals who are using their cards to avail cheaper prices on food grains and reselling the grain to make a profit.
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