Ration Card in Karnataka

By Mayashree Acharya


Updated on: Jun 7th, 2024


2 min read

The Karnataka Government gives ration cards for eligible households, an official document to get subsidised food grains. It issues ration cards under the National Food Security Act. The Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department issues ration cards in Karnataka.

The Karnataka Government distributes ration cards to the weaker sections of society identified by various sources and provides food security to them. The ration card serves as identity proof while applying for an income certificate, domicile certificate, PAN, etc. 

Types of Ration Card in Karnataka

  • Priority Household (PHH) Ration Card

The PHH ration card is issued to the households in the rural areas. Under this category, the cardholders will receive food grains at a subsidised price every month. The cardholders will receive rice at Rs.3 per kg, wheat at Rs.2 per kg and coarse grains at Rs.1 per kg per month.

  • Annapurna Yojana (AY) Ration Card 

The AY ration card is issued to the underprivileged citizens living in the state who are above 65 years. They will get up to 10 kgs of food grains every month from the government.

  • Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) Ration Card 

The AAY ration card is issued to families with an annual income of less than Rs.15,000. They receive food grains at subsidised rates from the government. The cardholders will get rice at Rs.3 per kg and wheat at Rs.2 per kg per month.

  • Non-Priority Household Ration Card (NPHH) 

The NPHH is issued to families with a sufficient and stable annual income. However, these cardholders are not eligible to get food grains at subsidised rates from the government. It serves as identity proof for the cardholders.

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for a Ration Card

The following are eligible to apply for a ration card in Karnataka:

  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of the state of Karnataka.
  • The applicant should not have a ration card.

Ration Card Application Process in Karnataka

The eligible applicants can follow the below process to apply for a ration card in Karnataka:

  • Click on the ‘e-Services’ tab on the homepage.

  • Click on the ‘e-Ration Card’ option and then on the ‘New Ration Card’ option available on the left-hand side tab of the screen.

  • Select the language to apply.

  • Select the ‘New Ration Card Request’ option.

  • Select the type of ration card.

  • Enter the Aadhaar number, mobile number and click on the ‘Go’ button.

  • Select the authentication type, i.e. either the ‘OTP’ or ‘Finger Print Verification’ option.

  • When the OTP option is selected, the OTP is sent to the registered mobile number. After entering the OTP in the given field, click on the’ Go’ button.

  • Upon successful verification, the Aadhaar details will be displayed on the screen. Click on the ‘Add’ button. An application number is generated.

  • Click on the ‘Add Family Member’ option to add/update the family members to the application.

  • Select the address and click on the ‘Next Stage’ option. The fair price shop will be auto-selected based on the pin code available in the address.

  • City applicants must select the ‘City’, ‘Ward No and ‘Name’ and click on the ‘Next Stage’ button.

  • Select ‘Family Head’ and click on the ‘Next Stage’ button.

  • Click on the ‘Save’ button to submit the application.

  • Select the ‘Yes’ option to print the pre-final ration card.

The Department will send the printed ration card to the applicant’s address. 

The applicants can also apply for ration cards offline at the following centres:

  • Grama One.
  • CSC (Common Service Centres).
  • Kiosk located at Bangalore One and Karnataka One. 
  • Janasnehi Kendra.
  • Grama Panchayath.
  • POS shops.

The applicants have to pay Rs.70 to get the ration card.

Documents Required to Apply for a Ration Card

The documents required for applying ration card are as follows:

  • Passport size photograph.
  • Aadhaar card.
  • Address proof.
  • Income proof.
  • Age proof.
  • Tenancy agreement where the applicant lives on rented premises.
  • Certificate from the Pradhan or Ward Councillor.

How to Check Ration Card Application Status?

After applying for the ration card, the status of the application can be checked online by following the below process:

  • Visit the official website of the Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs department.
  • Click on the ‘e-Services’ tab on the homepage.
  • Click on the ‘e-Status’ option and then on the ‘New/Existing RC Request Status’ option available on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Next, select the appropriate district/division.
  • Click on the ‘Application Status of new Ration Card applied’.
  • Select the ‘Area’, enter the ‘Acknowledgement Number’ and click on the ‘Go’ button.
  • The status of the ration card will be displayed on the screen.

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