A ration card is a vital document issued by the different state governments in India. Apart from this, a ration card also functions as a proof of identity and address. Just like any other state government of India, the government of West Bengal also issues ration cards.

Continue reading to understand how one can apply for a West Bengal (WB) Ration Card.

West Bengal Ration Card List

To check the list of all ration card holders in West Bengal follow the below steps-

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of Egiye Bangla wbpds.wb.gov.in, Ration Card Life Cycle Management hosted by the West Bengal Government’s Department of Food and Supplies.

  • Step 2: Once on the page, you will be able to see the district-wise information pertaining to all ration cardholders in West Bengal.

Ration Card Eligibility in West Bengal

The eligibility criteria and provisions for the different types of ration cards available in West Bengal are listed below:

  • Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) Cards - This particular variant of ration card is issued to individuals who do not have a stable source of income and live way below the state-specific poverty line. AAY card holders are entitled to 15 kgs of rice and 19kgs of atta or 20 kgs of wheat per family member per month.

  • Priority Household (PHH) Ration Cards - PHH ration cards are issued to households that fall just under the state-specific poverty line. Every household that possesses a PHH ration card in West Bengal is entitled to 2kgs rice and 2.85kgs of atta or 3kgs of wheat, per ration card per month

  • State Priority Household (SPHH) Ration Cards - Such cards are only issued to those citizens who need treatment due to some serious form of illness but come under the Non-Priority Household Ration Card category. SPHH cardholders get the same kinds of benefits as a PHH ration cardholder in terms of provisions.

  • Raja Khadya Suraksha Yojana I and II (RKSY I and II) Ration Cards - These ration cards are issued to the most financially underserved residents of West Bengal. RKSY I ration cardholders are entitled to 2kgs of rice and 3kgs of wheat per head per month. RKSY II ration cardholders, on the other hand, are issued 1kg of rice and 1 kg of wheat per head per month.

Documents Required for West Bengal Ration Card

In order to apply for a WB Ration Card, one must submit the following documents:

 

  • Aadhaar card

  • PAN card

  • Previous electricity bills

  • Income certificates

  • Caste/category certificate

  • Bank passbook and a photocopy of the first page

  • Details of your gas connection

  • Passport-size photograph of family members residing in the house

Apart from this, the person also needs to provide a mobile number to apply for a WB Ration Card.

How to Apply for a Ration Card in West Bengal

If you are a resident of West Bengal who wants to apply for a ration card, you can do so either online or in-person.

1) Online Ration Card Procedure for West Bengal

If you want to apply for the West Bengal Ration Card online, you must follow the steps given below:

 

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of the West Bengal wbpds.wb.gov.in

  • Step 2: Click on the ‘Application Form for Non-Subsidised Ration Card or Conversion to Non-Subsidised Ration Card’ on the homepage.

  • Step 3: Enter your mobile number on the new page.

  • Step 4: Validate with the One Time Password (OTP) received on your mobile number.

  • Step 5: The page that will follow will ask you if you are an existing ration cardholder or applying for a new one. Choose the option that suits your case best. Note that you must select the former option if you want to convert your digital ration card into a non-subsidised one.

Here are the steps you would need to follow for each of the options:

For Existing Ration Card Holders:

  • Step 1: You will need to add data regarding your geography and your contact information. After that, you will need to add your own ration card number. Then, click on ‘DISPLAY’ to view the list of your family members.

  • Step 2: You can either convert the digitised ration cards of all of your family members into non-subsidised ones or for only some of them. After you have selected the family members, you must click on ’View Selected List’.

  • Step 3: On the page that will follow, you will have to enter the date of birth, the Aadhaar Number and the Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number (If applicable) and the PAN card numbers of the selected ration cardholders. Do the needful and then click on ‘Save and View’ to proceed.

  • Step 4: Finally, you will be shown a page that will ask you to verify the provided information and then check on the declaration. The process will come to completion once you see a confirmation message on the screen of your device.

For New Ration Card Applicants:

  • Step 1: Enter information related to your location and the type of ration card you are applying for. You will also have to enter details related to your local Fair Price Shop dealer as well.

  • Step 2: After that, on the next page, you will have to add details such as your Aadhaar Card number, PAN number and EPIC number (if available) and then add details regarding your parents. After that, you must click on ‘View Member’ to move on. If you are the head of your family, you must select ‘Head’ under the relationship category and then add relevant details about your family and then click on the ‘View Member’ option.

  • Step 3: After completing the above-mentioned step, you will need to click on ‘Save and View Application’.

  • Step 4: Finally, you can complete the application process after verifying the entered details and then check the declaration. The process can be considered complete once you see a confirmation message on your screen.

2) Offline Ration Card Procedure for West Bengal

If you want to apply for the West Bengal Ration Card offline, you must follow the steps given below:

 

  • Step 1: If you want to apply for the West Bengal ration card offline, you must visit your nearest Seva Kendra or a ration shop with all the required documents as proof.

  • Step 2: You would need to then submit them to the relevant officials with a duly-filled copy of your ration card application form.

  • Step 3: You can either get the ration card application form from the Seva Kendra or the ration shop or download a copy from the internet.

  • Step 4: If your documents have been verified and found to be correct, your ration card will be mailed to the address provided by you within a month.

How to Check West Bengal Ration Card Application Status

To check the status of the West Bengal ration card follow the below steps-

 

  • Step 1: Visit the West Bengal ration card official website wbpds.wb.gov.in

  • Step 2: Select your municipality, district and form type.

  • Step 3: Enter your 16-digit application number or the last 8 digits of the same.

  • Step 4: Next, click on ‘Search’ to view the status of your West Bengal ration card application.

How to Download the WB Ration Card Online

To download your West Bengal ration card online, you must follow below steps-

 

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of the West Bengal Department of Food and Supplies.

  • Step 2: Select the option called ‘Official Purpose’.

  • Step 3: Click on the ‘Official Login’ option

  • Step 4: Enter your User ID and password, and answer the security question.

  • Step 5: Click on the ‘Login’ option.

  • Step 6: After completing the above steps, you will be shown your ration card details. You will also see an option of saving it in a PDF format so that you can print it and use it.

How to Change the Name in the WB Ration Card

  • Step 1: First, you will need to print the West Bengal ration card correction form from nadia.gov.in and then fill it out.

  • Step 2: Post this, you would need to go to your nearest Seva Kendra or Ration Shop and submit it along with the relevant documents.

  • Step 3: Once your documents have been verified, you will receive a new ration card with your updated name within the given timeframe.

How to Change Address in West Bengal Ration Card

  • Step 1: To change the address on your West Bengal ration card, will need to download the form and print it from nadia.gov.in, duly fill in the relevant details and attach the required documents as proof.

  • Step 2: After that, you must visit your nearest Seva Kendra or Ration Shop and submit them.

  • Step 3: Once the documents have been successfully verified, a new ration card with the updated address will be mailed to you.

FAQs on West Bengal Ration Card

  • ✔️How can I check my ration card list in West Bengal?

    You can check the latest West Bengal ration card list by visiting the official website of Egiye Bangla, Ration Card Life Cycle Management, which is hosted by the West Bengal Government’s Department of Food and Supplies through this link.

  • ✔️How can I download a ration card online?

    To download your West Bengal ration card online, you must:

    • Step 1: Visit the official website of the West Bengal Department of Food and Supplies.

    • Step 2: Select the option called ‘Official Purpose’. After that, you must click on the ‘Official Login’ option.

    • Step 3: You will then need to enter your User ID and password. Post which, you will need to solve a simple addition problem for security purposes.

    • Step 4: Then, you must click on ‘Login’

    • After completing the above step, you will be shown your ration card details. You will also see an option of saving it in PDF format so that you can print it and use it.

  • ✔️ Is there any application fee I will have to pay while applying for a West Bengal ration card?

    You can apply for the West Bengal ration card online or offline for free. On the 27th of January, 2016, the government of the state decided to distribute ration cards to its citizens free of charge. That offer is valid to this day.

  • ✔️Can I use my West Bengal ration card in other states?

    Yes. You can use your West Bengal ration card in any Indian state. West Bengal started the ration card portability service in August 2021 along with Delhi.

  • ✔️In how many days will I receive my ration card after applying for it?

    After successful verification of your documents, you will receive your West Bengal ration card on your communication address within 2-3 weeks.