Introduction to Linking AADHAAR Card with Ration Card

The Government of India issues several documents to protect citizens' interests; one such document is the Ration card. Every household that holds a Ration card can avail subsidised schemes on groceries (food grains, etc.) and essentials (kerosene, etc.) under the National Food Security Act, 2013. The Ration Card also acts as a proof of identity for many individuals across the country.

On the other hand, the Aadhaar card is yet another important document that Indian citizens must possess. It is a document that the government uses to maintain the database of Indian residents. Today, the card is essential when seeking government-driven subsidy schemes.

Authorities encourage Indians to link the Aadhaar card and Ration card. Ration cards have been the oldest document that helps determine proof of residence. Connecting the two documents allows holders to take advantage of different state and central schemes. Linking the Aadhaar card and Ration card is also an excellent way to avail subsidies on LPG schemes. Read on to know how to undertake Ration card Aadhaar link online and offline.

Ration Card Aadhaar Link – Benefits

The Ration card Aadhaar link will carry several benefits that include,

  • Reduction in the number of fake Ration cardholders who take advantage of the subsidies that are curated for families under the below poverty line.

  • Families cannot possess more than one Ration card once the linking is done. It ultimately leads to a reduction in identity fraud.

  • Through the biometric-enabled system, Public Distribution System (PDS) shops can identify genuine beneficiaries. This helps to distribute schemes effectively.

  • PDS Ration distribution can be controlled to reach the beneficiaries.

  • Aadhaar helps identify and eliminate corrupt mediators. This adds efficiency to the framework.

Steps to Link Ration Card With Aadhaar Card Offline

If you want to link the Ration card with the Aadhaar card offline, you will have to visit the nearest PDS shop. You can also choose to visit the Ration shop closest to your home. To undertake the link of the Aadhaar card with Ration card, you must.

Step 1: Visit the PDS centre or Ration Shop.

Step 2: Submit photocopies of your Ration card and Aadhaar card of all the family members. Also, carry a passport-sized photograph of the head of the family with a copy of the bank passbook.

Step 3: The authority at the Ration shop will ask you for fingerprint authentication.

Once you complete the process, the authorities will send you an SMS notification on your registered mobile number. This will be followed by another SMS notification when the two documents are successfully linked.

Steps to Link Ration Card With Aadhaar Card Online

You can also choose to undertake the Ration card Aadhaar card link online.

Step 1: Visit the official website of the PDS portal for your given state.

Step 2: Next, enter your Ration Card number and Aadhaar number.

Step 3: Enter your registered mobile number.

Step 4: Submit the information to receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.

Step 5: Once you enter the OTP, the request for a Ration card Aadhaar link is submitted.

Documents Required for Linking Aadhaar Card With Ration Card

Here is a list of documents that are required for the Ration card Aadhaar link:

  • Photocopy of the Ration card. Do carry you original document required for on-site verification

  • Photocopy of the Aadhaar of every family member

  • Passport size photograph of the head of the family

  • Photocopy of the bank book

FAQs on How to Link AADHAAR Card with Ration Card

  • ✔️How can I check if my Aadhaar card is linked with my Ration card?

    If you want to check the status of your Aadhaar and Ration card linking, you must submit a copy of both documents at the nearest PDS shop. The authorities will undertake finger biometrics to authenticate the identity and confirm the same.

  • ✔️Can the Aadhaar card be downloaded with the Ration card?

    No, there is no way to download the Aadhaar card with the Ration card. 

  • ✔️Can I link my Aadhaar card with the Ration card?

    Yes, you can link the Aadhaar card with the Ration card by visiting the nearest bank branch. 

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